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Interface Masters Technologies Announces Industry First 100G Intelligent Active Bypass Switch

Niagara 2851 supports active and passive failover of 100 Gigabit Inline Appliances

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Matthew Butrimovitz, Marketing Manager
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– Press Release –

Interface Masters Technologies Announces Industry First 100G Intelligent Active Bypass Switch
Niagara 2851 supports active and passive failover of 100 Gigabit Inline Appliances

RSA Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 22, 2015 – Interface Masters Technologies, a technology and an industry leader in the network visibility market, today announced its official launch of the market’s first 100G Intelligent Active Bypass Switch. The Niagara 2851 100G Intelligent External Active bypass is designed to integrate with Inline Networking Devices and Security Appliances. Niagara 2851 consists of a single segment of 100Gb bypass which possesses active and passive bypass switching capabilities. The active bypass feature enables seamless failover without interrupting the communication session in the case of disaster recovery scenarios such as hardware failure, software crash or link loss. In the case of a power outage, the passive bypass functionality will guarantee that the network continues to flow. Niagara 2851 delivers plug-and-play connectivity and includes Interface Masters’ patented auto heartbeat technology which requires no additional drivers to be installed on connected appliances. The Niagara 2851 compliments Interface Master’s robust and established world class line of 40 Gigabit, 10 Gigabit and 1 Gigabit Intelligent active bypass switches.

Internet traffic is increasing exponentially, with data demands doubling every two years due to increasing adoption of unified communications, video and VoIP services and the emergence of Big Data and the Internet of Things. In this rapidly evolving market, high-performance computing and faster communications is paramount. 40G and 100G networking solutions are now being deployed and the requirement for failover and intelligent TAP is growing. Network engineers and managers in charge of Inline systems like Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), Intrusion Detection & Prevention, Unified Threat Management, WAN acceleration, Firewall, Load balancing, and VPN gateway devices can guarantee network connectivity by utilizing the Niagara 2851. The newly introduced system enables proactive disconnection of inline network appliances for maintenance or replacement without interrupting the network traffic. This ensures that hardware/firmware can be updated or new upload rules and signatures can be loaded with zero network downtime.

“Interface Masters is excited to announce the industry’s first 100Gb Active Bypass system, targeted towards the Security, Monitoring and Networking markets. As first to market with this technology, Interface Masters has demonstrated its’ leadership and commitment to the Network visibility and Monitoring market,” stated Ben Askarinam, founder and CEO of Interface Masters Technologies. “Following The Niagara 2851 Interface Masters is working on additional monitoring solutions that address 25Gb and 100Gb networks with extensive capabilities and features to enable better network visibility.”

Niagara 2851 provides features that are essential in today’s data centers:

  • Active Bypass to address system failure scenarios
  • Passive Bypass which is essential during power loss
  • Patented bi-directional high resolution Heart Beat to minimize packet loss
  • Link Fault Detection
  • 100 Gigabit CFP LR4
  • Dual hot-swappable 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


The Niagara 2851 is demonstrated at the RSA conference San Francisco, passing traffic at 100Gbps booth #S2824. The product will be available for evaluation end of Q2 2015 and will be shipping in production 2H 2015
For pricing information, please contact the Interface Master’s sales team at or follow the link:

About Interface Masters Technologies

Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the network monitoring and visibility market including Bypass, TAP, switches and smart NICs products, based in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Interface Masters’ expertise lies in Gigabit, 10GbE and 40GbE 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 PacketMaster® Network Packet Broker, specialized 10GE internal server adapter cards, switches, 10Gb and 40Gb external intelligent Network TAP and Bypass and failover systems. Company Headquarters are located in San Jose, CA with satellite offices in Hong Kong and Europe.