Interface Masters Debuts Niagara 2813 10 Gb Intelligent Bypass Switch

Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader and innovator in networking solutions, announced an additional member of its 10 Gigabit Intelligent Bypass Switch family that is designed to integrate with Inline Networking Devices, Security Appliances, Central Office applications, and out-of-band network monitoring tools. The Niagara 2813 Intelligent Bypass consists of one 10 Gb bypass segment which possesses passive and active bypass switch capabilities. The active bypass feature enables seamless failover without interrupting the communication session in case of a software crash or link loss. In addition, the system supports a 10Gb passive TAP port for complete and unintrusive visibility into bi-directional traffic. The Intelligent bypass also enables plug-and-play connectivity, includes an auto heartbeat, requires no additional drivers to be installed on connected appliances and features internal redundant power supplies for maximum reliability.

Niagara 2813′s active bypass capabilities ensure maximum uptime on any network-critical link. During normal and healthy in-line appliance operation, Niagara 2813 routes all network traffic through the in-line appliance. When Niagara 2813 detects an appliance malfunction such as a software crash, system failure or loss of power, the in-line traffic continues to flow through the network link, but is no longer routed through the in-line device. This ensures that network devices can be removed and replaced without network downtime. Once the system is back up or the power is restored to the appliance, network traffic is seamlessly diverted back to the in-line device, allowing it to resume its critical functions. The passive TAP port enables out-of-band monitoring devices such as IDS systems, RMON probes, and sniffers to passively capture full-duplex traffic without altering or interrupting traffic flow.

The Niagara 2813 10 Gigabit Intelligent Active bypass is managed by a 64-bit MIPS controller which supports a wide variety of 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 and passive TAP set-up and management. An authentication client capable of interfacing with authentication servers like TACACS+ and Radius will be supported. In addition, the system possesses Syslog support, enabling consolidation of log data from various systems into a central repository. This feature provides management, traceability and security auditing across a wide variety of devices and receivers on multiple platforms.

“The Niagara 2813 Intelligent active bypass shows our commitment to support the 10Gbit market with innovative and reliable products,” stated Ben Askarinam, founder and CEO of Interface Masters Technologies. “The addition of passively tapping to the10Gb link adds a unique capability to the 10 Gigabit active bypass system by providing an additional port for monitoring the network without network interruption even in the event of power loss.”

Niagara 2813 provides features that are essential in today’s data centers:

  • Active switching of traffic in case of system failure
  • Passive Bypass which is essential during power loss
  • Passive TAP functionality for passive traffic monitoring
  • 10 Gigabit Multi Mode (SR) and Single mode (LR) support
  • Internal Dual Redundant power supplies for maximum reliability
  • Dedicated Management Port and Console Port
  • Extensive CLI and WEB based management
  • SSH and HTTPS for secure Management
  • Email communication to network administrator(s)
  • Full RoHS compliance
  • FCC, CE, UL compliance
  • TACACS+ authentication
  • Syslog support
  • NTP support

Availability
The Niagara 2813 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 volume production. For volume of 10 units the price starts at $9,383.

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 Gb Ethernet networking solutions that integrate with monitoring, inline networking, IPS, UTM, Load Balancing, WAN acceleration and other mission-critical IT and security appliances. Flagship product lines include specialized 10GE internal server adapter cards, embedded switch boards, and 10 Gigabit external intelligent Network TAP, Bypass and failover systems that increase network monitoring capabilities, network reliability and inline appliance availability.