Niagara 2818 is a unique quad segment 10GE intelligent bypass supporting failover, uninterrupted network connectivity and advanced management of 10 Gigabit Inline Appliances

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INTERFACE MASTERS Technologies Announces a Unique Quad Segment 10 Gigabit Intelligent Bypass Switch Supporting 8 Aggregation TAP Ports
Niagara 2818 is a unique quad segment 10GE intelligent bypass supporting failover, uninterrupted network connectivity and advanced management of 10 Gigabit Inline Appliances

New York, NY, November 19th, 2009 – INTEROP – Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader and innovator in networking solutions, today announced an additional member of its 10 Gigabit (10Gb) product family that is designed to integrate with Inline Networking Devices, Security Appliances and Central Office applications. Niagara 2818 Intelligent Bypass consists of Quad 10Gb bypass segments which possess 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 supports 8 additional TAP ports that operate at 10GE speed each for traffic monitoring purposes. The Intelligent bypass also enables plug-and-play connectivity, includes Interface Masters’ auto heartbeat technology which requires no additional drivers to be installed on connected appliances.

Niagara 2818’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 2818 routes all network traffic through the in-line appliance. When Niagara 2818 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 inline functions. In addition, the Niagara 2818 is an ideal solution for applications requiring high availability/redundancy, providing primary and secondary appliances with sophisticated High Availability (HA) fail-safe functionality. If an appliance connected to the primary segment fails and a secondary appliance is available, the bypass switch will pass all network traffic through the secondary appliance.

The Niagara 2818 10Gb 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 TACACA+ 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.

“The Niagara 2818 is designed with data center requirements in mind and is based on leading edge technology that supports 4 10GE segments at full line rate,” stated Ben Askarinam, founder and CEO of Interface Masters Technologies. “Equipped with Quad segment support, internal power supplies and the additional aggregation TAP ports, the system provides significant savings in space and cost.”

Niagara 2818 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
  • High Availability failover capabilities
  • 10 Gigabit Multi Mode (SR) and Single mode (LR) support
  • 8 Link Aggregation TAP Ports
  • 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
  • FCC, CE, UL compliance
  • TACACS+ authentication
  • Syslog support


The Niagara 2818 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 will be available for evaluation in December 2009 and will be in production in January 2010.

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About Interface Masters Technologies

Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the Bypass Networking market, based in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Interface Master’s expertise lies in Gigabit and 10 Gigabit networking solutions that integrate with monitoring, inline networking, security, central office and other mission-critical IT appliances. Flagship product lines include specialized internal server adapter cards, embedded switch cards, and external intelligent Network Bypass and failover systems that increase network reliability and inline appliance availability. Offering over 70 products based on Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Interface Master’s 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.
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