A Bypass TAP, also known as a 'bypass switch', offers the capability to control the availability and reliability of an inline tool (IPS, WAF, firewalls) at any time without causing network downtime or affecting business availability for maintenance or upgrades. It is a crucial element in IT security strategies.
The innovative EdgeLens Focus by Garland is a hybrid of a bypass TAP and a network packet broker, specifically designed to provide the benefits of a bypass TAP in managing the availability of inline tools, implementing high availability (HA) deployments, and tool chaining. It also offers network TAP packet visibility for out-of-band monitoring tools such as threat detection, storage, and performance monitoring with packet broker functions like traffic aggregation, filtering, and load balancing.
Inline Security Packet Brokers like the EdgeLens Focus offer "Inline lifecycle management". This allows for the sandboxing of new tool deployments, managing updates, installing patches, performing maintenance or troubleshooting, and validating out-of-band, all without impacting the network.