• Virtual-Taps


Virtual Tap

Breakthrough Visibility and Control of Inter-VM Traffic for Security, Compliance, and Performance

Ixia's Net Optics Phantom Virtualization Tap™ bridges the physical and virtual, so that you can monitor the virtualized network with your existing set of tools. Phantom is capable of capturing and then sending inter-VM traffic of interest to the tools that are already monitoring your physical network.

Virtualization Taps provide 100% visibility of traffic passing between Virtual Machines (VMs) in virtualized computing environments and clouds. Virtualization Taps include integrated management and monitoring tools for your virtualized monitoring layer.These versatile software devices also send monitored traffic in encapsulated tunnels to physical monitoring tools, so you can use your existing tools and infrastructure to monitor your virtual environment.

  • Extends monitoring access into the inter-VM networking layer
  • Enables monitoring for security and compliance in virtualized environments
  • Applies existing physical monitoring tools, processes, and procedures to the virtual network

As an Elite Technology Alliance Partner with VMware, Ixia has all of the tools and resources to deliver Phantom Virtualization Tap on VMware vSphere 5.0, 5.1, and 5.5 platforms. With partner only API access to the kernel hypervisor stack, there is no need to install or configure any services or agents at the VM or application level, allowing you to optimize system resources without sacrificing performance. Simple to deploy and engineered for the virtual environment, the Phantom Tap extends the visibility of your monitoring tools into the blind spots created by virtualization

Ixia Phantom HD


The Phantom HD tunneling appliance bridges physical and virtual networks for total visibility, security, and control. This versatile device delivers superior efficiency and cost-savings while handling more bandwidth than any solution on the market.


Ixia Phantom vTap


Bridging the Gap Between Physical and Virtual Visibility


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