Interface Masters Debuts Niagara 2299 Modular Intelligent Bypass Switch

Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader in networking solutions, announced the newest member of its Intelligent Bypass Switch family. The Niagara 2299 is a Modular Intelligent Network Bypass possessing TAP functionality for traffic monitoring, active bypass functionality for seamless failover and extensive management capabilities. Niagara 2299 supports maximum flexibility and scalability by offering four independent Gigabit Ethernet interface segments with various media combinations including copper, single-mode fiber, multi-mode fiber, multi-mode fiber to single-mode fiber conversion and copper to fiber conversion options. The Intelligent bypass also enables plug-and-play connectivity, includes an auto heartbeat and requires no additional drivers to be installed on connected appliances.

Niagara 2299 Modular Intelligent Network Bypass guarantees uninterrupted network connectivity on each of its four segments in instances of power failures or system crashes. IT managers and Service Providers that manage Inline systems like Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), Intrusion Detection & Prevention, Unified Threat Management, WAN acceleration, Firewall, Load balancing, and VPN gateway devices can utilize Niagara 2299 to proactively disconnect Network Appliances for maintenance or replacement. This ensures that hardware/firmware can be updated or new upload rules and signatures can be loaded without network downtime.

The unit is managed by a 64-bit MIPS controller which supports an higher resolution heartbeat, better response time and a robust software suite for comprehensive control and management capabilities. The system provides flexible and intuitive CLI and GUI management features including secure web UI via an HTTPS connection, secure shell (SSH), SNMP, e-mail notification for special events, and bypass method configuration. An authentication client capable of interfacing with authentication servers like TACACS+ and Radius is also supported. In addition, the bypass system possesses Syslog support, enabling consolidation of log data from various systems into a central repository.

“With unwavering commitment to our customers and partners, we are continuously introducing more sophisticated appliances and leading-edge solutions to address the network uptime and network robustness required by IT managers, Telcos and data centers,” stated Ben Askarinam, founder and CEO of Interface Masters Technologies. “The Niagara 2299 offers enhanced heartbeat functionality, better resolution and accuracy, combined with robust management features to maximize the visibility and stability of any mission-critical link.”

Niagara 2299 Modular Intelligent Network Bypass provides features that are essential in today’s data centers including:

  • Active switching of traffic in case of system failure
  • Passive Bypass which is essential during power loss
  • Plug and play – no additional drivers required on inline devices
  • TAP functionality for passive traffic monitoring
  • 10/100/1000 TX (Copper), SX (Multi mode) & LX (Single mode) Support
  • Flexible Deployment options including Copper, Multi-Mode Fiber, Single-Mode Fiber and Copper-to-Fiber Conversion
  • Redundant Power supplies for maximum reliability
  • Extensive CLI and WEB based management
  • SSH and HTTPS for secure Management
  • Email Notification upon System Events
  • TACACS+ authentication
  • Syslog support
  • NTP and Time Zone
  • Full RoHS compliance

Availability
The Niagara 2299 is designed for system integrators that support the Telecommunications, ISP, IT Network Security, UTM, Storage Area Networks (SAN), Intrusion Detection & Prevention and WAN Acceleration markets. The product is available for evaluation and will be in production in August of 2009.

About Interface Masters Technologies
Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the Bypass and TAP Networking market, based in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Interface Master’s expertise lies in Gigabit and 10 Gigabit networking solutions that integrate with monitoring, inline networking, security, central office and other mission-critical IT appliances. Flagship product lines include specialized internal server adapter cards, embedded switch cards, and external intelligent Network Bypass and failover systems that increase network reliability and inline appliance availability. Offering over 70 products based on Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Interface Master’s adds value to the critical IT sector requiring Security, UTM, Storage Area Networks (SAN), Intrusion Detection & Prevention, QoS, Packet Classification and WAN Acceleration appliances. Company Headquarters are located in San Jose, California with satellite offices in Hong Kong, Germany and the UK.