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Interface Masters Technologies Announces Industry First 40G Intelligent Active Bypass Switch

Niagara 2831 is a 1U system supporting active and passive failover and advanced management of 40 Gigabit Inline Appliances

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Interface Masters Technologies Announces Industry First 40G Intelligent Active Bypass Switch

Niagara 2831 is a 1U system supporting active and passive failover and advanced management of 40 Gigabit Inline Appliances

SANS Expo, Las Vegas, NV, September 18th, 2012 – Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader in networking solutions, today announced its official launch of the market’s first 40G Intelligent Active Bypass Switch to add to its established world class line of 10 Gigabit and 1G Intelligent active bypass switches. The Niagara 2831 40G Intelligent External Active bypass is designed to integrate with Inline Networking Devices, Security Appliances, and Central Office applications. Niagara 2831 consists of a single segment of 40Gb 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 a hardware failure, software crash or link loss. In the case of a power outage, the passive bypass functionality will ensure that the network continues to flow. Niagara 2831 also enables plug-and-play connectivity and includes Interface Masters’ auto heartbeat technology which requires no additional drivers to be installed on connected appliances.

The Niagara 2831 40Gb 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.

“Interface Masters is pleased to announce the industry’s first 40G Active Bypass system targeted toward the security, monitoring and networking markets. Being first to market shows Interface Masters’ leadership and commitment to the monitoring market,” stated Ben Askarinam, founder and CEO of Interface Masters Technologies. “The Niagara 2831 will be followed by additional monitoring solutions addressing 40Gb networks while optimized for next generation data center requirements.”

Niagara 2831 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 resolution Heart Beat to minimize packet loss
  • Link Fault Detection to minimize traffic loss
  • 40 Gigabit Multi Mode and Single mode support
  • 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
  • Full RoHS compliance
  • FCC, CE, UL compliance
  • TACACS+ authentication
  • Syslog support


The Niagara 2831 is designed for system integrators that support the Telecommunications, ISPs, IT Network Security, Network Monitoring, QoS, UTM, Storage Area Networks (SAN), Intrusion Detection & Prevention and WAN Acceleration markets. The product is available for evaluation and will be shipping in production Q4-2012.
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About Interface Masters Technologies

Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the network monitoring and high speed networking markets. Based in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Interface Masters’ expertise lies in Gigabit, 10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit Ethernet network access and network connectivity solutions that integrate with monitoring systems, inline networking appliances, 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 visibility capabilities, network reliability and inline appliance availability. Company Headquarters is located in San Jose, CA with satellite offices in Hong Kong and Europe.

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