One of the most popular articles on lovemytool.com
has to be the one on "Tap versus SPAN port" written by +Tim O'Neill
which is almost 10 years old. So it is surprising that the question is still one of controversy.
In some way, it would be a mistake to cast this as a personal or professional choice or even as a choice of convenience.
The decision is really only about chain of custody. If the evidential data is important to your mission, then so should the integrity in obtaining such evidence. As it is often said, we are entitled to any version of our opinion, just not any version of the evidence.
Next week, we will be starting a new show focusing on the so-called Visibility Layer which is catch-all term for building the monitoring infrastructure to allow the capturing and analyzing of evidential data within the production network in order to ensure performance, integrity and compliance.
This show will be hosted by +Denny K Miu
who was the Founder and CEO of Gigamon Systems. Together with +Tim O'Neill
, it is our desire to use this forum to have a honest discussion about what it means to have visibility and what it really takes.
Visibility is a hot topic and unfortunately, too often it has been hijacked by companies to the detriment of our community. This will not stand. We will do our best to cut through the marketing BS so you don't have to.
In this inaugural show, we will be inviting one of the premiere and oldest tap manufacturers, Datacom Systems, to talk about their newly introduced 40G taps. Our guest will be Tim Crofton who is their VP of Business Development and Operations.
In addition, we will have a panel discussion about how the monitoring and analysis landscape have changed in the past decade and what to look forward to in the next.