R&M, the global Swiss developer and provider of connectivity systems for high-quality, high-performance network infrastructures, is introducing a new HD Traffic Access Point (TAP) Module. This enables ongoing monitoring of network and application performance using passive optical tapping that is fully integrated into the structured cabling infrastructure. The TAP Module is part of the HD solutions family and compatible with the same HD and R&MinteliPhy hardware as a standard module, allowing for scalable port diagnostic capability.
Tapping for high-performance applications
A TAP is a passive fiber optic splitter that creates an identical copy of any optical signal passing through it, without introducing latency or packet loss. One resulting stream passes on live traffic and the other is used for monitoring purposes. Monitor traffic is sent to third party test equipment to provide visibility into network traffic via real-time acquisition of error, performance, and utilization data.
The HD TAP Module uses an advanced optical splitter to reduce insertion loss and modal noise and enable high performance applications such as 10G Ethernet and 16G Fibre Channel. Competitive offerings use splitters based on fused biconical taper technology, which do not guarantee this.
The HD TAP Module is the first on the market to offer the combined functionality of an optical tap and physical layer monitoring in one easy-to-use structured cabling module that can be managed through an automated infrastructure management solution.
Usually, optical TAP devices are separate components that take up rack space, present added loss and limit network design flexibility. R&M’s integrated approach allows traffic-monitored ports to be added and removed without disruption to the network operation. Also, by locating the tapped ports to the rear of the module, the HD TAP Module improves rack utilization by offering 48 tapped ports per 1U and network security by restricting access for unauthorized personnel.