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Interface Masters Technologies Announces Industry first 40G Intelligent Active Bypass Switch with 10G Traffic Monitor ports

Niagara 2841 is a unique 1U system supporting active bypass for 40G inline appliances and additional 10G ports for monitoring

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Interface Masters Technologies Announces Industry first 40G Intelligent Active Bypass Switch with 10G Traffic Monitor ports

Niagara 2841 is a unique 1U system supporting active bypass for 40G inline appliances and additional 10G ports for monitoring

RSA Expo, San Francisco, CA, February 26th, 2013 – Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader in networking solutions, today announced a one-of-a-kind industry first 40G Intelligent Active Bypass Switch with 10G “PacketMaster” traffic monitoring functionality to add to its established world class line of 40 Gigabit, 10 Gigabit and 1G Intelligent active bypass switches and PacketMaster systems. The Niagara 2841 40G Intelligent External Active bypass is designed to integrate with Inline Networking Devices, Security Appliances, and Central Office applications. Niagara 2841 consists of a single segment of 40Gb bypass which possesses active and passive bypass switching capabilities and 8 additional 10G SFP+ PacketMaster ports for flexible 10G or 1G monitoring of network traffic. The PacketMaster ports enable granular and accurate session based loadbalancing of network traffic, mirroring of one to many or many to many, extensive filtering, packet slicing and aggregation of many to one port. 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 2841 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 2841 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 it’s second game-changing 40G Bypass system to the market to separate itself as the market leader and front runner in delivering 40G Technology to the security and network monitoring arenas. Being first to market proves Interface Masters is committed to the high 40G demands and will continue to emphasize innovation and quality,” stated Ben Askarinam, founder and CEO of Interface Masters Technologies. “The Niagara 2841 will be followed by additional solutions addressing multi segment hybrid 1Gb, 10Gb and 40Gb networks while optimizing for next generation data center requirements.”

Niagara 2841 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
  • 40 Gigabit Multi Mode and Single mode support
  • 8 Packet Master SFP+ (10G/1G supported) ports for network monitoring
    Mirroring (One to many and many to many)
    Session Based Loadbalancing/Distribution (Many to one)
    Extensive Filtering
    Packet Slicing
  • Dual hot-swappable power supplies for maximum reliability
  • Dedicated Management Port and Console Port
  • Extensive CLI and WEB based management
  • Secure management via SSH and HTTPS for secure Management
  • Full RoHS compliance
  • FCC, CE, UL certifiable
  • TACACS+ authentication
  • Syslog support


The Niagara 2841 is available for evaluation and will be in production April 2013.

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 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 and 40Gb 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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