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INTERFACE MASTERS Technologies Announces a Unique Quad Segment 10 Gigabit Intelligent Bypass Switch Supporting Passive Network Monitoring

Niagara 2818PT is a 10 Gigabit 1U system supporting active and passive failover, passive network monitoring and advanced management

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INTERFACE MASTERS Technologies Announces a Unique Quad Segment 10 Gigabit Intelligent Bypass Switch Supporting Passive Network Monitoring

Niagara 2818PT is a 10 Gigabit 1U system supporting active and passive failover, passive network monitoring and advanced management

Interop New York, NY, October 5th, 2011 – Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader and innovator in networking solutions, today announced a unique 10 Gigabit (10Gb) Intelligent Active Bypass product family supporting passive network monitoring that is designed to integrate with Inline Networking Devices in conjunction with recording and traffic monitoring systems. Niagara 2818PT is an Intelligent Bypass consisting of Quad 10Gb bypass segments which possess passive and active bypass switching capabilities. The active bypass feature enables seamless failover without interrupting the communication session in case of a software crash or link loss. In addition to Bypass, the system supports 8 additional Passive TAP ports that operate at 10GE speed each for traffic network traffic monitoring purposes. The TAP ports work in absence of power ensuring that network traffic can be monitored and analyzed at all times without any packet loss.

Niagara 2818PT’s leading edge active bypass capabilities ensure maximum uptime on any network-critical link. During normal and healthy in-line appliance operation, Niagara 2818PT routes all network traffic through the in-line appliance. When Niagara 2818PT detects an appliance malfunction such as a software crash, system failure or loss of power, the network traffic continues to flow through the network link, but is no longer routed through the in-line device. This ensures that inline 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 inline functions. In addition, the Niagara 2818PT is an ideal solution for applications requiring high availability/redundancy, providing primary and secondary inline appliances with sophisticated High Availability (HA) fail-safe functionality. If an appliance connected to the primary segment fails and a secondary appliance is available, the bypass switch will automatically pass all network traffic through the secondary appliance.

The Niagara 2818PT 10Gb bypass is managed by a sophisticated 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. An authentication client capable of interfacing with TACACS+ authentication servers is supported. In addition, the bypass 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 2818PT is tuned and optimized for next generation data center reliability and security requirements, delivering Interface Masters’ leading edge bypass technology and passive TAP technology to ensure full visibility, uptime and reliability at 10 Gbps rates,” stated Ben Askarinam, founder and CEO of Interface Masters Technologies. “Equipped with Quad segment support, internal redundant power supplies, removable fans and eight passive TAP ports the system provides unprecedented quality and the best price-performance.”

Niagara 2818PT provides features that are essential in today’s data centers:

  • Active Bypass in case of system failure
  • Passive Bypass which is essential during power loss
  • High Availability failover capabilities
  • 10 Gigabit Multi Mode (SR) and Single mode (LR) support
  • 8 Passive TAP Ports for extensive network monitoring
  • Redundant, hot-swappable internal power supplies for maximum reliability
  • Dedicated Management Port and Console Port
  • Extensive CLI and WEB based management
  • SSH and HTTPS for secure Management
  • TACACS+ authentication
  • Syslog support
  • Full RoHS compliance
  • FCC, CE, UL compliance


The Niagara 2818PT will be presented at the Interop show in New York October 5th to October 7th booth#347. The product is in production and available for evaluation.

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About Interface Masters Technologies

Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the high speed networking market including Bypass, TAP, switches and smart NICs products, based in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Interface Masters’ expertise lies in Gigabit, 10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit 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 hardware load-balancers, specialized 10GE internal server adapter cards, switches, 10 Gigabit external intelligent Network TAP and Bypass and failover systems that increase network monitoring capabilities, network reliability and inline appliance availability. Company Headquarters are located in San Jose, CA with satellite offices in Hong Kong and Europe.

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