Service Providers and Telcos
Telcos and cable operators are focused on offering the best triple-play packages of IPTV, VoIP, and high-speed Internet over a single broadband connection. Furthermore, they must meet or exceed the high levels of quality and reliability consumers enjoy with traditional voice and television services.
Successful deployment of converged services with excellent QoS is made possible by rigorous performance and security monitoring. Net Optics monitoring access solutions provide secure, transparent, passive access for security, performance monitoring, and lawful intercept—without sacrificing valuable switch ports to Span. A full portfolio of 10 Gbps products supports the fastest service provider backbone links. Many Net Optics devices operate from -48VDC for telco equipment rooms, and zero-power-consumption optical Taps are ideal for green initiatives at telcos and service providers.
Banking and Financial Services
In financial institutions, networks must be especially reliable because they not only facilitate business processes, but also determine financial outcomes. Strict government regulations and corporate governance rules make monitoring these networks even more critical.
Net Optics monitoring access solutions enable banks and financial institutions to deploy the security, performance monitoring, and compliance enforcement solutions they need to maintain network performance and satisfy regulatory requirements. Taps from Net Optics are guaranteed to pass 100 percent of network traffic, even in the highest load conditions, so no critical messages or micro-burst trade transactions are ever missed. TapFlow filtering technology enables financial institutions to zero in on network traffic using particular protocols that signal different types of financial transactions and IP addresses that relate to specific branch offices. Moreover, by regenerating traffic to multiple monitoring tools, compliance officers and security personnel can simultaneously access any traffic without disrupting network performance.
Large enterprises depend on the network to run their business processes as well as connecting with employees, customers, and partners. Peak network performance, total availability, and uncompromising security are essential to the enterprise’s peak financial performance.
Enterprise network managers, security personnel, and compliance officers depend on the visibility of network traffic conditions and content provided by Net Optics monitoring access technology. Net Optics solutions connect the network with the wide variety of monitoring tools used by these professionals. In addition to keeping the network secure and running at peak performance, innovative Net Optics products also add value to the enterprise’s bottom line by enabling network monitoring tools, the network itself, and these network professionals to operate more efficiently.
Government and Defense
"Governments store a lot of citizen information, and the attacks have changed to become much more targeted toward finding personal information," according to Gartner analyst John Pescatore. With the Web being a major vector for attacks, monitoring the network for intrusion detection and prevention has never been more important for government agencies.
Security and network professionals at government agencies can monitor more links and use that information more efficiently with Net Optics monitoring access solutions. Traffic from multiple links can be monitored by a single tool using aggregation capabilities, and TapFlow filtering prevents oversubscription by sending the tools only traffic of interest. Through regeneration, multiple tools can monitor the same data stream, enabling different types of analysis to operate in parallel. Bypass Switch technology creates failsafe connections for IPSs that protect government message traffic, guaranteeing that links stay open even if the IPS loses power.
Hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and health insurance companies are required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to secure protected health information (PHI), which includes medical records and also payment data.
Privacy and security responsibilities at healthcare organizations can be fulfilled using monitoring systems enabled by Net Optics network access devices. Electronic PHI can be detected on the fly as it passes through a network segment, and logged for further investigation or scrubbed so privacy violations do not occur. Entire hospitals and clinics can be monitored from a centralized IT location using high-port-density Director Data Monitoring Switches, increasing administrator efficiency. An extensive portfolio of 10 Gbps access solutions ensures support for the fastest networks designed to quickly transfer huge medical imaging files.
College and university networks must be open to a broad range of constituencies, from students and faculty to administrators and the public, running a wide variety of applications. Students’ extensive use of file-sharing programs such as BitTorrent presents particular performance, security, and legal challenges.
Net Optics monitoring access solutions give network administrators in institutions of higher education visibility of the complete network because the Monitoring Access Plaform (MAP) can be physically distributed around campus and across multiple campuses, up to 40 kilometers or 25 miles apart, using long-reach ER 10Gbps fiber cables. From the centralized data center—or even from their homes—administrators can check the activity of network links using iTap technology with built-in RMON statistics. Matrix Switches and Director Data Monitoring Switches enable them to remotely switch any desired monitoring tool to any link when issues need to be investigated.
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