IXIA

Brand Overview

Gain Network Visibility and Traffic Access with Network Taps

Ixia, recently acquired by Keysight Technologies, provides testing, visibility, and security solutions, strengthening applications across physical and virtual networks for enterprises, service providers, and network equipment manufacturers. Ixia offers companies trusted environments in which to develop, deploy, and operate. Customers worldwide rely on Ixia to verify their designs, optimize their performance, and ensure protection of their networks to make their applications stronger.
Customers worldwide rely on Ixia’s solutions to verify their designs, optimize their performance, and ensure protection. Ixia offers companies trusted environments in which to develop, deploy, and operate.

Ixia was founded in 1997 and headquartered in California, United States of America.

Ixia Network Taps Summary Table

Optical Fiber Taps (Flex Taps)

Flexible, modular and 100 passive fiber taps

Built using fiber-optics, Ixia Flex Tap fiber taps deliver 100% visibility into network traffic and permanent, passive access points while preserving top network performance. That’s because each tap in the Ixia Flex Tap™ family is modular, can support network speeds of up to 100Gbps, and is 100% passive. At the same time, Flex Taps allow you to effectively monitor network performance, avoiding issues of degradation and disruption. Flex Taps are also versatile: each is compatible with all protocols and monitoring devices, and can be deployed at any inline connection on the network without increasing overhead or management workflows.

Copper Taps

Provide complete traffic visibility to copper links

The Ixia line of copper taps provides complete traffic visibility and access to any network connection. A copper tap can be deployed onto any inline copper network link, delivering permanent monitoring access ports. The copper tap provides an out-of-band monitoring or security tool, with all traffic as if it were sitting inline. The taps send copies of traffic, including Layer 1 and Layer 2 errors, from each side of the full-duplex network link to its respective monitor ports. Ixia Copper Taps provide network isolation, dropping any traffic that is accidentally or maliciously transmitted back onto the monitor ports. The copper taps are isolated from the network because they have no IP address, eliminating exposure to external attacks.

Ixia offers two models of copper taps:

  • 10/100/1000 Copper Tap
  • Ixia Gig Zero DelayTM Tap”

Regeneration Taps

Make multiple copies of data on a single link

Ixia 1G and 10G Regen Taps enable multi-device monitoring for 10 gigabit and 1 gigabit networks without adding cost for ongoing device management or configuration. For a complete picture of network health, these taps connect up to eight different network management and security devices at any single network location.

Ixia Regen Taps are completely secure, isolated from any external threats, and do not run the risk of becoming compromised like other managed solutions. These devices can be deployed without adding cost for configuration or ongoing management and work right out of the box. Regen taps deliver 8 copies of the traffic on a single duplex link.

In addition, these Regen Taps have SFP or SFP+ monitor ports so they can attach to monitoring equipment with any type of interface: single-mode or multi-mode fiber and copper. Just plug in the appropriate transceiver modules for as many and whatever types of monitoring or security tools you want.

Aggregation Taps

Use a single tool port to monitor both ends of a bi-directional connection.

Typically monitoring of a full duplex link requires the use of two ports on the monitoring tool – one for each side of the duplex link. Tap Aggregators (also known as Port Aggregators or Aggregation Taps) combine traffic into two of more traffic streams, each of which has the aggregated data from the duplex flows and allow network staff to monitor a full duplex connection with a single monitoring tool. Ixia offers three different tap aggregators:

  • Copper Port Aggregators – for monitoring individual 1G copper duplex links
  • Fiber Port Aggregators – for monitoring individual 10G fiber duplex links
  • ILink Agg Tap Aggregators – for monitoring of multiple 1G copper or fiber links

Key Benefits

  • Ixia having the largest range of tap types of any vendor – (Passive/Active, Speeds from 1Gbps to 100Gbps, Single mode and Multi mode, and connector/fiber types including Cisco BiDi). Ixia offer the highest density and most modular tap on the market – Flex Tap VHD with up to 36 taps in a 19 inch 1U space
  • Ixia having the largest range of tap types of any vendor – (Passive/Active, Speeds from 1Gbps to 100Gbps, Single mode and Multi mode, and connector/fiber types including Cisco BiDi). Ixia offer the highest density and most modular tap on the market – Flex Tap VHD with up to 36 taps in a 19 inch 1U space
  • Ixia holding many thousands of taps in stock and can quickly ship high volumes if required
  • Ixia’s ability to supply globally through a network of global Channel Partners
  • Ixia having high quality products. Ixia undertakes thorough testing on taps in both the design and manufacturing processes, often using the same test equipment that Ixia is famous for
  • Ixia’s reputation for technical innovation – Ixia was the first to offer a modular tap – “Flex Tap” and continues to innovate through products such as the Flex Tap Secure+ which provides an enhanced security for the most sensitive of applications
  • Unlike some tap vendors, Ixia are a large and established company and provide a viable source of taps in the long term
  • Ability to use Flex Tap Secure+ which contains unique technology (patent pending) that prevents accidental injection of data into monitoring ports for very sensitive lawful intercept applications.
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