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NetOptics Phantom™ Virtualization Tap for hypervisor-based virtual networks

Phantom™ Virtualization Tap for hypervisor-based virtual networks

Extend the Visibility of Your Network Performance and Security Monitoring Tools to Monitoring Inter-VM Traffic

Extend the capabilities of your current tools to monitoring of Inter-VM traffic across all best-of-breed hypervisors in virtual computing environments. Control several Taps—or hundreds, with streamlined, unified management of both physical and virtual Taps from one stable, convenient central platform. Versatile new administration capabilities extend management to xBalancer™, iBypass™ and third-party devices. The Phantom Monitor component installs in the hypervisor for total traffic visibility. Use with virtual or physical Intrusion Detection Systems (IDSs), protocol analyzers, layer-2 and Later-3 probes, and other devices.

  • Achieve the Same Level of Security and Performance Monitoring Across Physical and Virtual Networks
  • Eliminate the Black Hole and Illuminate Your Network Data
  • Cost-Efficiently Meets Your Security and Compliance Needs
  • Solve Your Compliance Challenges  
  • Achieve Smooth Director™ Switch Integration
  • Manage with Ease and Agility via the GUI-Based Phantom Manager™ Platform

Passive, Secure, Technology Warranty Ease of Use
  • 100 percent visibility of traffic between Virtual Machines (VMs) plus inter-blade visibility
  • Installs in hypervisor kernel for full traffic visibility
  • Enables visibility and control of network traffic in all best-of-breed hypervisors in the virtual environment: VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi Server 4.X/5.X; Citrix Xen Server 5.6.X; Redhat KVM 2.6.32; Oracle VM 3.0; Parallels Cloud Server 6.0; Microsoft Hyper-V 2012
  • Generates Layer 2 and 3 statistics (packet count, utilization, etc.)
  • TapFlow™ multi-layer L2-4 filtering engine
  • Extends monitoring and access into the Inter-VM networking layer
  • Applies existing physical monitoring tools, processes, and procedures to the virtual network
  • No interference with the data stream or VMs
  • No modifications needed in VMs
  • Replicates Inter-VM traffic to virtual and physical monitoring tools of choice
  • Sends mirrored traffic out physical NICs in encapsulated tunnels
  • xFilter™, Phantom HD™ terminates encapsulated tunnels and sends traffic to Net Optics Director Data Monitoring Switch (sold separately)
  • One Phantom Virtualization Tap monitors traffic between VMs (one monitor instance is required to be installed on each physical server)
  • Scalable to support and administer high-density environments
  • Phantom Manager for Phantom Virtualization Taps VM (included software component) manages multiple Phantom Virtualization Taps and network traffic
  • All Net Optics products come standard with a 1 year manufacturer's warranty
  • Additional Service Plan options available here
  • Follows VMs as they move (vMotion) among physical servers
  • Rich, easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI)
  • Phantom Manager for Phantom Manager console (included software component) manages multiple Phantom Virtualization Taps and network traffic
  • Compatible with all major manufacturers' monitoring devices, including protocol analyzers, probes, data loss prevention, database activity monitoring, Web application firewall, and intrusion detection and prevention systems

System Requirements
VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi Server 4.X/5.X; Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 8.X; Citrix Xen Server 5.6.X; Redhat KVM 2.6.32, Oracle VM 3.0, and Parallels Cloud Server 6.0
Phantom Manager for Phantom Virtualization Taps VM: Management and reporting engine that runs in a VM.
Phantom Monitor: A Phantom Monitor is installed in each hypervisor. The Phantom monitor has two components: a Phantom Monitor Control VM and a Phantom Monitor Module, which is a hypervisor kernel.
Network Connectivity
The Phantom Manager for Phantom Virtualization Taps VM virtual appliance must be accessible via HTTPS to access the application interface.
DNS and NTP services should be available for all components.
TCP 443 and 8443 must be available between the Phantom Manager for Phantom Virtualization Taps and Phantom Monitor Control VMs.
TCP 902 must be available between Phantom Manager for Phantom Virtualization Taps and the Hypervisor hosts.
Disk Storage
10 GB free space (minimum)
Web Browser
Internet Explorer 6 or later, Firefox 2 or later, Safari 4.x or later  
Virtual Appliance System Requirements
Compressed size of Virtual Appliances:
Phantom Manager for Phantom Virtualization Taps VM: Approximately 1.2 GB
Phantom Monitor Control VM:
Approximately 1.3 GB
Uncompressed size of system:
Phantom Manager for Phantom Virtualization Taps VM: 16.0 GB
Phantom Monitor Control VM: 4.0 GB
Memory Size:
Phantom Manager for Phantom Virtualization Taps VM:
256 MB (No more than 2GB)
Phantom Monitor Control VM: 385 MB
(No more than 385 MB)

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