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INTERFACE MASTERS Technologies Introduces 10 Gigabit Intelligent Bypass Switch

Niagara 2812 Offers failover and uninterrupted network connectivity for 10 Gigabit Inline Appliances analyzing 10 Gigabit Networks

Media Contact for Interface Masters Technologies:
Aaron Nankin, Sales & Marketing Manager
408-456-2545 x122

INTERFACE MASTERS Technologies Introduces 10 Gigabit Intelligent Bypass Switch
Niagara 2812 Offers failover and uninterrupted network connectivity for 10 Gigabit Inline Appliances analyzing 10 Gigabit Networks

San Jose, California, January 28, 2009 – Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader and innovator in networking solutions, today introduced an additional member of its 10 Gigabit (10 Gb) product family that is designed to integrate with Inline Networking Devices, Security Appliances and Central Office applications. The Niagara 2812 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 to Bypass, the system can support TAP functionality for traffic monitoring purposes. The Intelligent bypass also enables plug and play connectivity, includes an auto heartbeat and requires no additional drivers to be installed on connected appliances.

Niagara 2812’s state-of-the-art active bypass capabilities ensure maximum uptime on any network-critical link. During normal and healthy in-line appliance operation, Niagara 2812 routes all network traffic through the in-line appliance. When Niagara 2812 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 Niagara 2812 10Gb bypass is managed by a 64 bit MIPS controller which enables the support of 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.

“The highly anticipated introduction of the Niagara 2812 exemplifies Interface Master’s commitment to superior performance and extensive management options,” stated Ben Askarinam, founder and CEO of Interface Masters Technologies. “The Niagara 2812’s active and passive bypass capabilities guarantee that maximum uptime is maintained on any mission-critical network link. Furthermore, for networking applications that require flexible functionality, the Niagara 2812 can be configured to support TAP and load balancing.”

Niagara 2812 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
  • Faster and more efficient failover capabilities
  • 10 Gigabit Multi Mode (SR) and Single mode (LR) support
  • Redundant 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


The Niagara 2812 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 now available for evaluation and will be in full production March of 2009.

For pricing information, please contact the Interface Master’s sales team at or follow the link:

About Interface Masters Technologies

Interface Masters Technologies is an industry leader and innovator in networking solutions. Established in 1997 in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Interface Masters Technologies is a privately held corporation. Built on it’s patented technology, Interface Masters Technologies’ flagship product lines include specialized internal server adapter cards, embedded switch cards, and external intelligent Network Bypass and failover systems that increase the network reliability and availability of inline networking appliances. Interface Masters offers more than 70 products based on Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet technologies and adds value to the critical IT sector requiring Security, UTM, Storage Area Networks (SAN), Intrusion Detection & Prevention, QoS, Packet Classification and WAN Acceleration appliances. Company Headquarters are located in San Jose, California with satellite offices in Hong Kong, Germany and the UK.