Niagara 2842 ensures network uptime, supporting up to sixteen network segments with active and passive failover and PacketMaster capabilities

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– Press Release –

INTERFACE MASTERS Announces Industry’s highest density 1/10/40 Gigabit Intelligent Bypass Switch Supporting Inline Network Monitoring Devices

Niagara 2842 ensures network uptime, supporting up to sixteen network segments with active and passive failover and PacketMaster capabilities

June 28th, 2013 – Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader and innovator in networking solutions, today announced an industry first, modular sixteen segment Intelligent Active Bypass and PacketMaster that can handle 1 Gigabit, (1 Gb), 10 Gigabit (10Gb) and 40 Gigabit (40Gb) Inline Network Monitoring Devices. The active bypass feature enables seamless failover without interrupting the communication session in case of a software crash or link loss of an inline appliance while the passive bypass feature ensures that if there is a power failure that network traffic remains flowing. The system also integrates PacketMaster capabilities that enable granular and accurate session based load-balancing of network traffic, mirroring of one to many or many to many ports, extensive filtering, packet slicing and aggregation of many to one port. The 2.4Tbps backplane allows extensive processing of asymmetric traffic and session-based distribution to appliance ports without network interruption.

Niagara 2842’s leading edge active bypass capabilities ensure maximum uptime on any network-critical link and can handle up to 16 inline appliances in one system. During normal and healthy in-line appliance operation of tools like IPS, IDS, Wan Acceleration Systems, DPI systems and Data Loss Prevention, Niagara 2842 routes all network traffic through the in-line appliance. When Niagara 2842 detects an appliance malfunction such as a software crash, system failure or loss of power, the system fails open, diverting the network traffic away from the down appliance to maintain network connectivity.

“Over the past several years we have witnessed the exponential market growth of network bandwidth and associated monitoring needs and it was clear that there was imminent demand for a highly dense Bypass solution tuned to ensure full visibility, uptime and reliability,” stated Ben Askarinam, founder and CEO of Interface Masters Technologies. “Combined with our PacketMaster technology and equipped with sixteen modular segments, the Niagara 2842 provides an unprecedented offering in the market.”

Niagara 2842 provides features that are essential in today’s data centers:

  • Sixteen modular segments of Bypass and/or PacketMaster
  • Active Bypass in case of system failure
  • Passive Bypass which is essential during power loss
  • Filtering, aggregation, mirroring, packet slicing and load balancing
  • 1 Gigabit, 10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit Multi Mode and Single mode support
  • Dual AC or DC 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 and Syslog support
  • Full RoHS compliance
  • FCC, CE, UL certifiable


The system is introduced with 1Gb, 10Gb and 40Gb capabilities. The product is available for evaluation and will be in production August 2013.

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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 PacketMaster® 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.