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IntellaFlex XR

Does your chassis have the ability to still pass traffic when one or more controller cards fail?

Yes – The IntellaFlex XR chassis separates the control plane from the data plane allowing all traffic to continue to pass through the line cards to the tools.

Can you perform multifunction capabilities like protocol stripping, packet slicing, port tagging, and deduplication?

Yes – APCON supports each of these services per port on the 36-Port Multi-Function Blade.

Can you perform packet capture on your blade?

The IntellaStore II+ gives customers the ability to connect their Tapped or SPAN ports on the Network Packet Broker side of the IntellaStore II+ and send the traffic to the virtual server side where you can use Wireshark or other utilities that allow you to monitor network, security, and application traffic. IntellaStore II+ virtual server side can run in Linux or Windows OS.

What interface speeds do you support?

IntellaFlex XR supports 1G, 10G, and 40G interfaces. On some line cards, you can breakout the 40G port into 4 x 10G ports.

Can you create multi-stage filtering for complex traffic sorted to different tools in a connection?

We offer customers the ability to create complex multifilter configurations with three stages available. You can create your filters, stack them in stages, and apply them to the tools specified to get traffic.

Can you support virtual environment traffic?

IntellaFlex XR supports the ability to receive virtual traffic using tunnel management of our IntellaFlex XR HyperEngine and the IntellaStore II+.

Do I have the ability to clone configurations from one switch to another?

Yes – You have the ability to back up your chassis configuration and all your connections, rules, and stacks in WebXR GUI for IntellaFlex XR systems. In TITAN, you can also clone your chassis configurations and filters.

Do I have any ability to provide SFP alerts on power and signal loss?

Yes – You are able to select a port and view, edit, or delete your port configuration as well as view your SFP health for signal, power, or vendor for SFPs you have in the system.

Does APCON provide APIs for creating scripts to perform specific operations?

APCON provides customers the ability to use the command line to run commands or utilize both REST API and CLI in scripts.

Can you manage multiple chassis from a single pane of glass?

Yes – Using TITAN, you can manage all your APCON switches from one location where you can upgrade firmware, set up connections, create filters, and schedule jobs as well as review statistics.

Can your switches provide alerts?

APCON can provide alerts locally in the APCON GUI or use SNMPv2 and 3 and SYSLOG.

Are APCON’s solutions compatible with my current network and security tools?

APCON is “tool agnostic.” We deliver network traffic to existing security or performance solutions from industry leaders like SolarWinds, Tenable, ExtraHop, Viavi, Riverbed, Alien Vault, and Thousand Eyes.

Does APCON have solutions that support Private / Public Cloud environments?

IntellaCloud for AWS monitoring is a cloud-native visibility solution that captures, optimizes, and delivers cloud traffic to anywhere within a hybrid visibility fabric, significantly increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of your existing security, analytics, and performance monitoring tools.

Do you support distributed or centralized monitoring architecture?

Unlike others who need to rely on distributed architecture to scale up their platforms, we support distributed and centralized monitoring architectures. Deem where it fits. The IntellaFlex XR EdgeSwitch can connect to the Core for distributed architecture to scale up and ease the cabling challenges. On the other hand, the high throughput backplane in the IntellaView systems provides unsurpassed capacity and performance for the most demanding needs. It serves exceptionally well as a centralized monitoring platform.

Do APCON systems support 40G and 100G BiDi?

Yes – Both IntellaView and IntellaFlex XR systems support 40G and 100G BiDi. Our IntellaView systems can even configure ports for Rx-Only to ensure there are no issues when connecting to the BiDi TAPs as the 40G / 100G BiDi QSFP doesn't have this Rx-Only capability.

Our monitoring is critical. Are your systems built with high availability?

IntellaView and IntellaFlex XR are built with automatic fail-over redundant controllers to support high availability. Besides, our architectures separate the data plane and control plane. Unlike others where the filters or the monitoring connections will fail, APCON's filters and monitoring connections will stay intact even when both controllers fail.

Do you have any solution for remote locations or branch offices?

Our IntellaFlex XR IntellaStore II+ system provides an all-in-one solution that supports network packet broker functions, packet captures, and platform with build-in monitoring tools, including Wireshark and ntop. It supports the installation of other 3rd party monitoring applications. Besides, it supports GRE tunnel initiation such that you can send your aggregated monitoring traffic back to your data center, where your primary monitoring tools are located.

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