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Interface Masters Technologies Introduces Compact Form-Factor External Passive Bypass Switch For Gigabit And 10 Gigabit Ethernet Networking

Niagara 2292 supports copper, multi-mode and single-mode fiber Gb and 10Gb Ethernet, high-availability failover and serial connectivity

CHICAGO, IL SUPERCOMM 2009, October 22nd, 2009 - Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader and innovator in networking solutions, has announced a new Desktop form-factor External Passive Bypass Switch family for Gigabit Ethernet (GE) that is designed to integrate with Inline Networking Servers, including WAN Acceleration, UTM, IPS Systems, and Security and Monitoring Appliances such as Firewalls, IDS systems, and Analysis Probes. This low-cost, low power, compact form-factor external bypass switch features passive bypass functionality for maximum network-uptime and performance. The Niagara 2292 supports Copper, Multi-Mode and Single-Mode Fiber Gigabit Ethernet options.

Niagara 2292 is designed to detect an inline-appliance malfunction such as a software crash, power failure or link loss, and automatically re-routes network traffic away from the inline device directly through the network link. Once the system is operating correctly and power is restored to the appliance, network traffic is seamlessly diverted back to the in-line device, allowing it to resume its critical functions. Niagara 2292 is simply and easily configured and managed via Serial connection through a control port.

"Interface Masters is proud to announce a portable bypass switch family that offers the flexibility and performance features of the Niagara External Passive Bypass Switches with desktop form-factor convenience," stated Ben Askarinam, founder and CEO of Interface Masters Technologies. "We anticipate that Niagara 2292's low cost, and low power attributes will enable lower cost inline appliances vendors to begin to incorporate bypass/failover into their offerings."

Niagara 2292 provides features that are essential for maintaining high network availability:
???    Gigabit Copper support
???    Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Multi-mode and Single-mode Fiber support
???    Two Gigabit Ports to create a network link
???    Two Gigabit Ports to connect an inline appliance
???    Passive Bypass which is essential during power loss or software crash
???    Programmable heartbeat interval
???    Programmable "Fail-Closed" or "Fail-Open" while in the power-off state
???    Dedicated RS-232 control port for simple Heart Beat Interval programming
???    Low power consumption 0.3W maximum power
???    Full RoHS compliance
???    FCC Class A and CE certification

Availability
The Niagara 2292 is designed for the SMB market and can be integrated with inline appliances including ISP, IT Network Security, UTM, Storage Area Networks (SAN), Intrusion Detection & Prevention and WAN Acceleration devices. The product is now available for free evaluation for qualified projects and will be in full production late-October of 2009.
For volume pricing information, please contact the Interface Master's sales team at sales@interfacemasters.com or follow the link:
http://www.interfacemasters.com/products/2292.html
SUPERCOMM attendees interested in finding out more about Interface Masters Bypass Switches are welcome to visit us at booth #5029.
About Interface Masters Technologies
Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the Bypass and TAP Networking market, based in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Interface Master's expertise lies in Gigabit and 10 Gb Ethernet networking solutions that integrate with monitoring, inline networking, IPS, UTM, Load Balancing, WAN acceleration and other mission-critical IT and security appliances. Flagship product lines include specialized 10GE internal server adapter cards, embedded switch boards, and 10 Gigabit external intelligent Network TAP, Bypass and failover systems that increase network monitoring capabilities, network reliability and inline appliance availability.
For more information, please go to www.interfacemasters.com

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