Combination of TippingPoint In-Line IPS Appliances and Net Optics iBypass Switch Improves Application Availability and Network Security

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 6, 2009 – Net Optics, Inc., a leading provider of network access devices, today announced the company has teamed with TippingPoint, a leader in intrusion prevention, to help enterprises more effectively address their business continuity requirements.  The two companies are now offering a network monitoring and security solution that combines the Net Optics iBypass Switch with Heartbeat™ technology and TippingPoint’s Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPSs).  The combined solution protects against power, link and application loss, thereby increasing application availability and network security.

Malicious and unpredictable attacks have become commonplace and have blurred the lines of responsibility between IT network and security organizations.  As a result, both groups often deploy separate tools and monitoring devices on the same important, business-critical network links.  One strategy for minimizing disruptive outages and further extending the return on investment for IPS investments is to pair the IPS with an external Zero Power High Availability (ZPHA) device, also called a bypass switch.  

The Net Optics iBypass Switch is a passive, in-line bypass switch that maintains seamless network flow, a capability that is particularly critical when deploying in-line IPS appliances.  The iBypass Switch provides both a fail-open network path in the event of power loss, and the ability to automatically initiate and enable bypass mode should the appliance fail, or require maintenance, repair, or removal.  A Net Optics Four-Station Multi-Segment Bypass Switch is an ideal companion for TippingPoint 5000E and 2400E IPSs because together they can protect four critical network links with as much as 5 Gbps of total traffic, with high reliability and the flexibility of being able to remove or upgrade the IPS at any time, without risking the availability of critical business applications.
“As the growth of the Internet is driving the need for global networks to connect businesses, organizations, and individuals, the need to control and protect the flow of information has dramatically increased as well,” said Bob Shaw, president and CEO at Net Optics.  “By teaming with TippingPoint, we are helping to ensure the highest levels of availability, reliability and security for the networks on which mission critical applications and services rely.

TippingPoint's Intrusion Prevention Systems provide Application Protection, Performance Protection and Infrastructure Protection at multi-gigabit speeds through total packet inspection.  The system is built upon TippingPoint's Threat Suppression Engine (TSE) – a highly specialized hardware-based intrusion prevention platform consisting of state-of-the-art network processor technology and TippingPoint's own set of custom ASICs. 

“TippingPoint Intrusion Detection Systems are designed to the highest reliability standards, enabling customers to deploy them in-band in their networks without worrying about adversely impacting the availability of the mission-critical business applications and services,” said Arlan Harris, senior vice president and general manager at TippingPoint.  “Deploying our IPS appliances in conjunction with a Net Optics iBypass Switch adds a further level of fault-tolerance and security without jeopardizing network performance.”

The Net Optics/TippingPoint solution is available through authorized resellers, or direct from each company.

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About Net Optics
Net Optics is the leader in innovative passive in-line devices for network security, traffic analysis, and IT monitoring. Its products are deployed in enterprises, service providers, and government organizations worldwide. Leading vendors of protocol analyzers, RMON probes, and IPS appliances have selected Net Optics for their customers’ monitoring solutions—from 10/100 Ethernet to 10 Gigabit links.


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