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August 06, 2012

APCON Launches APCONTAP Modular Passive Test Access Port Solution for Data Centers

TAP (Test Access Port) devices are a basic building block of network monitoring, especially used in executing Intrusion (News - Alert) Detection Systems, network probes, and data recording and analysis systems. TAP is must for any engineer who wants to monitor all network traffic between switches, routers, and other features on the network landscape.

APCON (News - Alert) has taken a step ahead to deliver a complete family of industry-leading products with launch of APCONTAP modular passive TAP solution. APCON, Inc. specializes in intelligent network monitoring switches. In general, TAPs offer full-duplex monitoring with 100 percent network traffic visibility. Each APCONTAP module provides two complete full duplex TAPs. APCONTAP is offered in a range of common split ratios from 50/50 to 70/30.

Passive TAP devices use no electrical power, and are undetectable on the network. This feature makes Passive TAP devices ideal for production data center environments. Passive TAP devices are generally used to support network intrusion detection systems, network analyzers and recorders, and network probes. As the APCONTAP is modular, network engineers can select a combination of TAP modules to suit their particular network architecture.

In a press release, Richard Rauch, president and CEO of APCON, said, “APCONTAP is the next step in APCON's plan to deliver a complete family of industry-leading products. With APCONTAP, we're delivering a high port density failsafe solution that meets the needs of enterprise-level data centers.”

APCON’s APCONTAP is a 1RU or ½RU chassis that fits in a standard data center rack. The chassis is unpowered and accepts up to eight TAP modules in 1RU, or four modules in ½RU. With this high-density rack-mounted solution, managers can simultaneously tap up to 16 full duplex 10G fiber optic Ethernet links on a single rack-unit chassis. The solution could seamlessly integrate with an APCON's INTELLAFLEX and INTELLAPATCH line of intelligent data traffic management switch products.

APCON recently presented at the Cisco (News - Alert) Live. At the event, APCON talked about how customers can use its highly available and scalable network monitoring and traffic analysis tools in their data centers to reduce costs.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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