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Is the Network Tap Mightier Than the Sword


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When you're building a solution to support 40,000 Department of Defense personnel from a central command center, one of the most demanding and security conscious customers in the world, you'd better know what's happening on your network. Join us for this webinar as we profile a recent use case where ensuring the validity of the data traveling on the network, and delivering time-sensitive information without delays was absolutely critical. Net Optics Tap technology provided the answer this Defense Contractor was looking for and proved mighty enough to conquer the needs of this demanding customer.

In this Webinar:
Understand the immediate impact and business value of deploying Network Taps

Learn how the ability to monitor and troubleshoot network issues remotely increases end-user satisfaction

Identify key points in your network where 100% visibility is critical to reducing mean-time-to-repair (MTTR) and improving network uptime

About Net Optics, Inc.
Net Optics is the leading provider of Intelligent Access and Monitoring Architecture solutions that deliver real-time IT visibility, monitoring and control. As a result, businesses achieve peak performance in network analytics and security. More than 7,500 enterprises, service providers and government organizations—including 85 percent of the Fortune 100—trust Net Optics’ comprehensive smart access hardware and software solutions to plan, scale and future-proof their networks through an easy-to-use interface. Net Optics maintains a global presence through leading OEM partner and reseller networks.

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Is the Network Tap Mightier Than the Sword

  1. 1. Is the TAP mightier than the Sword? OrHow I learned to take advantage of distributed network observation and love the tap.Intelligent Access and MonitoringArchitecture Solutions
  2. 2. Today’s PresenterKim SummersGlobal Technical Assistance CenterTier 3 Senior Engineer25 years of network planning,implementation and support. Five yearsof focus on Net Optics hardware andsoftware solutions. 2
  3. 3. Agenda 1 • Case Overview • Data Monitoring Challenges for high 2 security, high availability networks 3 • Possible Solutions to Challenges 4 • Chosen Solution 5 • Achieved Outcome 3
  4. 4. Customer Case - ProfileThe Company• A mid-size defense contractor was setting up a project, and non-intrusive visibility into network traffic was a top priority.The Infrastructure• A primary data center and LAN connected departments along with remote WAN sites.The Goal• Support 40,000 Defense Department personnel from a central command center. 4
  5. 5. Case Overview - Requirements• 100 percent direct in-line traffic visibility in real time without latency or traffic impact• Deployment of automated tools and control mechanisms• Ability to troubleshoot and develop solutions remotely• Taps reduce delays associated with data acquisition when compared to SPAN ports• Reduce monitoring solution footprint and increase efficiency of the current systems 5
  6. 6. Common Challenges in High Security Networks Protect • The #1 concern for The any Network Security Data Professional • Can the monitoring Monitoring data be shared among multiple Data groups with no Accessible impact on data links? Retain • Can current network tools provide the Flexibility needed coverage? 6
  7. 7. Case Overview – The Core Issue Network Managers Security Analysts Need data on the health of the entire Need data to insure compliance and network to ensure uptime and SLAs information management Limited information at the key Network Connection points leaves everyone in the dark End Users Need secure communications across stable networks regardless of location or distance from HQ 7
  8. 8. Possible Solutions SNMP Distributed Distributed Monitoring via Monitoring with Device Query SPAN ports TAPS• Limited capabilities • Requires advanced • Taps are tool• Adds to device CPU configuration agnostic utilization controls to prevent • Non-intrusive to• Adds traffic to the SPAN changes Production traffic existing network • Prone to data loss • 1-to-1 connection• Device dependent and congestion between Tapped link issues and monitoring tool • Adds CPU load to • Allows for local LAN switches and routers data assessment 8
  9. 9. Chosen Solution 9
  10. 10. Case Overview – The Core Issue ResolvedNetwork Managers End Users Security AnalystsGet the data they need Get the applications they need across Get the data they need a stable network Security Network Application Analysis Analysis Tool Monitor Tool Tool 10
  11. 11. Network Taps Firewall Switch Switch Network Tap Analyzer • Copper available in 10/100, 1Gbps and 10/100/1000 • Fiber units for OC3, OC12, GigaBit and 10 GigaBit – Multiple split ratios – No power needed • One link to one monitor tool (half-duplex / HD) • Link fail-open (fail-to-wire) technology • Requires two NICs in monitoring tool 11
  12. 12. HD8 High Density Fiber Optic Tap in 1Gig or 10Gig10Gig 1Gig• The 10 GigaBit Fiber Tap HD8 is • The 1 GigaBit Fiber Tap HD8 is optimized and tested for high- optimized and tested for high- performance 10Gbps fiber networks. performance 1Gbps fiber networks.• Available in singlemode and multimode • Available in singlemode and multimode fiber to support passive monitoring, fiber to support passive monitoring, stealth operation, and 24x7 reliability. stealth operation, and 24x7 reliability.• Minimize the loss of unused rack-space • Minimize the loss of unused rack-space by delivering eight functional Taps into by delivering eight functional Taps into .5U (16 in 1U). .5U (16 in 1U). 12
  13. 13. Achieved OutcomesChosen Solution: Fiber Optic Taps and CopperTaps as required by the Link type• Provide a reliable, efficient solution that is simple to deploy• Short lead time to improve installation scheduling• Meets cost objectives• Future proof with the capacity to support Advanced Monitoring Switches for additional requirements without impacting the Production Network 13
  14. 14. Taps – Key Takeaways Key Feature Advantage Benefit Cost effective solution to Simple, stable, no movingInline Network Device provide access parts formonitoring traffic data Standards based Compatible with common connections in a variety of cable and componentInstallation split ratios to meet any manufacturers solutions networks needs Provide access to any link Tools & groups within the for current or future firm only see the data that isVisibility observation relevant. 14
  15. 15. appTap™ Plug and Play Network Monitoring• Cost effective solution that is simple to install and use• Continuous and ad-hoc packet capture. Capture headers and content using various filters.• Reveal network usage, latency and bandwidth consumption.• Provides both real-time and historical perspectives.• VoIP SIP/RTP correlation and individual VoIP call detail.• Monitor multiple networks, sub-nets, VLANs and devices.• Generate and export NetFlow records from raw packet data.• View network performance over time and perform trend analysis 15
  16. 16. The Future for this Customer 16
  17. 17. Q&A• Question & Answer• Download the Case Study here:• To sign up for our newsletter:• Thank you Net Optics, Inc. 408.737.7777 17