March 4, 2019

Ixia iBypass 100G bypass switch

  1. Introduction
  2. Customer Challenges
  3. How does Keysight solution solve this problem?
  4. Key Features and Business Benefits
  5. Additional Information

Introduction

The Ixia iBypass 100G bypass switch provides fail-safe inline protection for all network monitoring tools. With this next generation bypass switch, enterprises can improve overall network reliability, increase application availability, and add the convenience and cost savings of remote monitoring and control.

Customer Challenges

Today’s enterprises are facing heightened network operation concerns. The increasing volume of multiprotocol traffic at higher data rates means greater operational complexity. Enterprises are also facing mounting security threats and a strict regulatory environment. Deploying inline tools to inspect and control network traffic can help block incoming threats, but inline tools also complicate network operations—the more tools you deploy, the more potential points of failure. And in the event an inline tool becomes unavailable, it can completely bring down the network link, significantly compromising network uptime and disrupting business continuity. 

How does Keysight solution solve this problem

The Ixia iBypass 100G bypass switch provides fail-safe inline protection for all network monitoring tools. With this next generation bypass switch, enterprises can improve overall network reliability, increase application availability, and add the convenience and cost savings of remote monitoring and control. 

iBypass
The iBypass 100G supports both SR4 and LR4 fibers and has QSFP28 Tool Ports for maximum flexibility. 

Key Features and Business Benefits

  • Smart Management – The iBypass 100G is a fully managed device and allows the user to view and change settings through a Command Line Interface, a user- friendly Web UI, and SNMP browsers. Remote management security is provided through Role Based User Access, 1024-bit SSL encryption, HTTPS, SNMP, SSH, and an IP Access List to prevent unwanted access to management interfaces. In the event there are system, link, power, or threshold changes, the iBypass 100G issues SNMP traps, that are directed to the desired management devices, set in any of the interfaces.
  • Customizable and Pre-programmed Heartbeats – The iBypass 100G switch continuously checks the responsiveness of the inline tool by sending it “heartbeat” packets, expecting to receive those packets back. If the iBypass 100G detects that the tool is not responding, it will bypass the inline tool, allowing network traffic to flow without interruption. Should that happen, the iBypass 100G will also issue an alert to indicate that the tool became unavailable, allowing network or security personnel to take appropriate actions.
  • Flexible Deployments – Having an iBypass 100G deployed in front of inline tools provides greater deployment flexibility. When the inline tool needs to be taken out for maintenance the iBypass100G can be configured to bypass the inline tool and let network traffic flow uninterrupted. Once maintenance is complete, the iBypass100G can route traffic back through the upgraded tool.
  • Modular Construction – The iBypass 100G consists of a chassis and two bays. Each bay can be filled with a bypass module. Bypass modules protect a single security tool. Modules are available for either Single Mode (LR4) or Multi Mode (SR4) fibers and have QSFP28 receptacles.
  • Active-Standby Support – The iBypass 100G is configured with two bypass modules that can be configured to operate in Active-Standby mode. In this mode one security tool is Active, and the other is Standby. Failure of the Active tool causes the traffic to be switched to the secondary Standby tool. This gives the ability to construct High Availability security architectures.

Additional Information

Ixia’s iBypass 100G Bypass Switch is available at https://www.ixiacom.com/products/ibypass-100g