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Security & Monitoring
with Universal TAP

Whether you need to troubleshoot a server, adhere to compliance or secure your network, tapping is an indispensable toolfor any company. For the uninitiated, a network TAP is similar to a phone TAP

Security & Monitoring with Universal TAP

Whether you need to troubleshoot a server, adhere to compliance or secure your network, tapping is an indispensable toolfor any company. For the uninitiated, a network TAP is similar to a phone TAP

Solution Brief

Whether you need to troubleshoot a server, adhere to compliance or secure your network, tapping is an indispensable toolfor any company. For the uninitiated,
a network TAP is similar to a phone TAP.

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Solution Brief
Solution Brief

TAP Basics

In its most basic form, tapping a network device involves capturing the transmit/receive traffic and redirecting it to a monitoring device.

TAP Basics

In its most basic form, tapping a network device involves capturing the transmit/receive traffic and redirecting it to a monitoring device.

Traditionally, tapping is accomplished via one of the following methods:
Specialty Boxes

Hardware build specifically for tapping

Port Mirroring (SPAN)

Copies data from one port to another

Agent Software

Software that runs on network devices to redirect traffic

Tap Pain Points

One of the biggest challenges with TAP is the overhead of the setup. Today you may only need to TAP servers in one rack, but tomorrow you may need to TAP a router on your edge and a year from now you may need to TAP switches in building two.
Setting up TAP for all these devices with specialty boxes, software agents or port mirroring would be time-consuming and expensive for any large network. Even for those organizations with the time and resources to do so, management of the solution requires a small army of admins. But what if TAP could be available as soon as you plug in a new network device, with built-in functionality?

Fiber Mountain’s Glass Core

In a Glass Core network, all physical connectivity is centrally managed. All physical network connections from all devices are tied into the Glass Core via Fiber Port Aggregators (FPAs) and Optical Path Exchanges (OPXs), and from there connections are dynamically managed by the AllPath Director (APD) orchestration software. This allows an admin to route any physical network connection to any number of other devices in the network. This includes TAP of any connection for diagnostic, security or compliance purposes.

Glass Core TAP

The OPX is designed to regenerate the received optical signals when it forms the cross-connection. This introduces the option of multicasting the regenerated signal to up to 160 ports on one OPX. Using a handful of OPX ports to TAP network traffic passing through the other ports is easy for the network manager to configure, with no need for additional equipment or software.
The diagram shows a network with various network and monitoring devices connected via the Glass Core. Using APD, network operators can set up TAPs as needed, and can also configure the cross connects to form any desired network architecture, whether leaf-spine, hierarchical or a hybrid.

Tap Pain Points

One of the biggest challenges with TAP is the overhead of the setup. Today you may only need to TAP servers in one rack, but tomorrow you may need to TAP a router on your edge and a year from now you may need to TAP switches in building two.
Setting up TAP for all these devices with specialty boxes, software agents or port mirroring would be time-consuming and expensive for any large network. Even for those organizations with the time and resources to do so, management of the solution requires a small army of admins. But what if TAP could be available as soon as you plug in a new network device, with built-in functionality?

Fiber Mountain’s Glass Core

In a Glass Core network, all physical connectivity is centrally managed. All physical network connections from all devices are tied into the Glass Core via Fiber Port Aggregators (FPAs) and Optical Path Exchanges (OPXs), and from there connections are dynamically managed by the AllPath Director (APD) orchestration software. This allows an admin to route any physical network connection to any number of other devices in the network. This includes TAP of any connection for diagnostic, security or compliance purposes.

Glass Core TAP

The OPX is designed to regenerate the received optical signals when it forms the cross-connection. This introduces the option of multicasting the regenerated signal to up to 160 ports on one OPX. Using a handful of OPX ports to TAP network traffic passing through the other ports is easy for the network manager to configure, with no need for additional equipment or software.
The diagram shows a network with various network and monitoring devices connected via the Glass Core. Using APD, network operators can set up TAPs as needed, and can also configure the cross connects to form any desired network architecture, whether leaf-spine, hierarchical or a hybrid.

Tap Pain Points

One of the biggest challenges with TAP is the overhead of the setup. Today you may only need to TAP servers in one rack, but tomorrow you may need to TAP a router on your edge and a year from now you may need to TAP switches in building two.

Setting up TAP for all these devices with specialty boxes, software agents or port mirroring would be time-consuming and expensive for any large network. Even for those organizations with the time and resources to do so, management of the solution requires a small army of admins. But what if TAP could be available as soon as you plug in a new network device, with built-in functionality?

Fiber Mountain’s Glass Core

In a Glass Core network, all physical connectivity is centrally managed. All physical network connections from all devices are tied into the Glass Core via Fiber Port Aggregators (FPAs) and Optical Path Exchanges (OPXs), and from there connections are dynamically managed by the AllPath Director (APD) orchestration software. This allows an admin to route any physical network connection to any number of other devices in the network. This includes TAP of any connection for diagnostic, security or compliance purposes.

Glass Core TAP

The OPX is designed to regenerate the received optical signals when it forms the cross-connection. This introduces the option of multicasting the regenerated signal to up to 160 ports on one OPX. Using a handful of OPX ports to TAP network traffic passing through the other ports is easy for the network manager to configure, with no need for additional equipment or software.

The diagram shows a network with various network and monitoring devices connected via the Glass Core. Using APD, network operators can set up TAPs as needed, and can also configure the cross connects to form any desired network architecture, whether leaf-spine, hierarchical or a hybrid.

Benefits of Glass Core TAP

Plug and Play

Glass Core networks are TAP-ready by default

Non-intrusive

All TAPs are
passive

Security

All TAP connections are auditable

Documentation

All end-to-end connections are automatically documented

Future-Proof

Can be configured via software for any physical network design

Benefits of
Glass Core TAP

Plug and Play

Glass Core networks are
TAP-ready by default

Security

All TAP connections are auditable

Non-intrusive

All TAPs are
passive

Documentation

All end-to-end connections are automatically documented

Future-Proof

Can be configured via software for any physical network design

Network visibility has never been
easier or more secure

Network visibility has never been easier or more secure

Software Managed with
AllPath® Director

When deployed with the Fiber Mountain AllPath Director (APD) orchestration software, your whole data center can be discovered and managed by software. The software provides network-wide visibility and automatic documentation of your physical layer.
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Product Catalog

From software to hardware that can transform your physical layer, we have it all! Look through our product catalog to find what suits you best.

White Sensus patch panel with 48 front ports compatible with singlemode UPC cables. It has an LCD, NFC & builtin test tools.

Sensus Patch Panel

Passive patch panel with active intelligence. Imagine if your patch panels can detect cable presence. How would that change your network?

Sleek black Optical Path Exchange OPX layer1 switch with 14 MPO 24 port connectors supporting multimode cables, console ports

Optical Path Exchange

An optical MUX except its software-controlled, low latency, protocol agnostic and scalable. What would you do with this ability?

AllPath® Director

Fiber Mountain’s All Path Director, manage all your layer one devices through a single pane of glass. What would you do with all this information?

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