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Garland Technology: Network Visibility

Garland Technology is an industry-leading provider of network TAPs (Test Access Point) and network packet broker solutions. Garland‘s mission is to secure the OT and IT network in order to identify threats more quickly and thus eliminate them more quickly.
With Garland's TAP to Tool philosophy puts the focus on the security and monitoring tools to ensure optimal performance.

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About Garland Technology

Garland Technology is an American based vendor specialising in the development of network security solutions.

Since 2011, Garland Technology has been helping organisations‘ OT and IT network monitoring and security sensors deliver on their promise of performance and protection. 

Garland Technology reliably delivers all the data the sensors need to perform their job. Garland Technology is the only company 100% focused on delivering packets to network tools with easy-to-use, flexible, and no strings attached hardware. This focus is grounded in Garland Technology’s “TAP to Tool” philosophy.

Garland Technology understands that companies invest a great deal of time, money, and personnel in network tools. They strive to empower those network tools, not compete with them.

With zero subscription fees, customers of Garland Technology enjoy a lower Total Cost of Ownership over 3-5 years compared to purchases of competitors’ products.

Product & Function Overview

Garland Technology Network Tap
Network TAP

A Network TAP is a purpose-built hardware device that allows you to access and monitor your network traffic by copying packets without impacting or compromising network integrity. The TAP allows network traffic to flow between its network ports without interruption, creating an exact copy of both sides of the traffic flow, continuously, 24/7, 365. The duplicate copies are sent out the monitoring ports of the TAP and are then used for monitoring and security analysis.

Network Packet Broker (NPB)

A Network Packet Broker is a hardware device that provides a collection of monitoring tools with access to traffic from across the network. An NPB receives data from a number of network links then acts as a broker, dealing the relevant data out to the connected monitoring tools. A NPB has advanced functionality to aggregate, load balance, filter, and deduplicate traffic to improve tool efficiency and reduce CAPEX costs.

Garland Technology NPB
Hardware Data Diodes

Hardware Data Diodes and Data Diode TAPs are useful and cost-effective solutions to help provide an additional layer of security in OT networks. There are situations where the use of SPAN/Mirror ports is still needed for visibility in an OT network. In these instances, it is best practice to connect the SPAN/Mirror port to a hardware Data Diode to pass the mirrored data onto the monitoring and security sensors. Using hardware Data Diodes eliminate bidirectional traffic flow ensuring that no data is passed back into the Switch Mirror port.

Inline Bypass

The Bypass TAP was developed specifically to resolve the problem of an inline security tool creating a point of failure. Bypass mode prevents inline devices from being a single point of failure and causing network downtime. Network downtime can be costly for organizations and add hours of work to already short-staffed security teams. In the event the device fails or if there is a power loss, the heartbeat packets that are sent from the bypass TAP to the inline device trigger the TAP to “bypass” that inline device. This leaves the network link up or triggers a failover to a redundant device. The heartbeats added to the redirected traffic have additional functionality: they allow the Bypass TAP to be aware of the health of an inline appliance.

Core Functions

Garland Technology’s Network TAPs include:

Portable, Half-U, Modular

10/100/1000M, 1G, 10G, 25G, 40G, 100G, 400G

100Base-FX, 100Base-LX

Extreme Temperature

Military-grade TAPs

SPAN Aggregation

DC Power

DIN Rail Mounts

Power Locks

Garland Technology’s Network Packet Brokers include:

Half-U, 1U, 2U

10/100/1000M, 1G, 10G, 25G, 40G, 100G

Extreme Temperature

Fly-away Kit

Inline Security

TAP Hybrid

Garland Technology’s Inline Bypass include:

EdgeSafe Bypass TAPs

EdgeLens Focus Inline Packet Brokers - 1/2U

EdgeLens Inline Packet Brokers - 1G, 10G, 40G, 100G

Garland Technology’s Data Diodes include

Hardware Data Diodes for 10/100/1000M SPAN inputs

Data Diode TAPs

Data Diode Aggregators

Garland Technology’s Unique Selling Proposition

Manufacture in the USA

Garland Technology engineers, manufactures, and supports their hardware solutions in Richardson, Texas. Their products are Made in the USA.

100% Focus is Delivering Packets

Garland Technology is the third largest manufacturer of Network TAPs, Network Packet Brokers, Data Diodes, and Inline Bypass solutions in the industry. Yet, they are the only company 100% focused on delivering packets to network tools with easy-to-use, modular, and no strings attached solutions. This focus is grounded in their “TAP to Tool” philosophy. At Garland Technology, they understand that companies invest a great deal of time, money, and personnel in network tools. Garland Technology strives to empower those network tools, not compete with them.

No Subscription Fees

Subscriptions are not required for any of the features in Garland Technology’s products. There are never any per-port or feature license fees charged by Garland Technology ever. They will not lock you into future expenditures that are not disclosed upfront.

Modular Solutions

Garland Technology takes a modular approach to their network TAPs and Network Packet Brokers, offering separate and dedicated hardware appliances to perform specific tasks. This allows network teams to deploy exactly what is needed when it’s needed.

Extensive OT Network Experience

Garland Technology understands that industrial and critical infrastructure OT networks are unique environments, with demanding and exacting requirements. Garland Technology has products that operate in a variety of conditions like extreme temperatures, vibration, DC power, tight spaces, 100Base-FX media, and unidirectional traffic flow. Their products have been deployed in dozens of OT networks in all types of critical infrastructure environments such as water treatment, nuclear power, and oil refineries.

Use any MSA Compliant Transceiver

Garland Technology’s network TAPs and Network Packet Brokers do not require mandatory transceivers. Garland Technology is a Multi-Source Agreement transceivers vendor. Any MSA compliant transceiver works in their products.

Metal Chassis

Garland Technology’s products are built with metal construction providing durability during installation and throughout life of deployment.

Owner Operated

Co-Founders Chris Bihary (CEO) and Jerry Dillard (CTO) are always available to consult on projects and provide their expertise. In fact, assisting critical infrastructure networks is in the DNA of Garland Technology. Co-Founders Chris Bihary (CEO) and Jerry Dillard (CTO) got their start in the industry working on critical networks like emergency call centers and fighter jets respectively. This instilled an ambition to help ensure critical networks never fail. In fact, Jerry Dillard invented the industry’s first Bypass technology that is mainstream today.

    Use Cases

    OT Security Use Cases

    Critical digital systems, such as Industrial Control Systems (ICS), are protected against upcoming cyber threats.

    Inline Security Use Cases

    If an inline security tool is installed, at least one bypass TAP with 4 ports must be installed between the inline tool and the network. This external bypass TAP prevents the inline safety tool from becoming a single point of failure. With the bypass TAP, the inline tool can be taken offline for maintenance or troubleshooting without the network going down as well.


    Network TAPs are easy to implement and configure. Network TAPs are a more reliable way to send copies of network traffic to out-of-band monitoring tools (compared to SPAN mirroring).

    Impact of Garland’s technology

    On Security

    • Network TAPs offer guaranteed security and transparency, as the TAPs often do not have an IP and MAC address that attackers can access in the event of a cyber attack.
    • Network TAPs offer fail-safe protection, so if a power failure occurs during the analysis, it will have no impact on the TAP.

    On Compliance

    • OT networks are protected from external threats while maintaining business continuity and at the same time complying with OT cyber security directives such as the EU‘s NIS2 directive.

    On TCO

    • All Garland Technology solutions are designed to deliver a high ROI (return of investment) while reducing the cost per port for network packet brokers.
    • Customers who cannot afford to integrate multiple security and monitoring tools into their network can use network TAPs and network packet brokers to TAP multiple connections or segments and consolidate to fewer network tools. TAPs and network packet brokers enable the visibility and protection customers are looking for without breaking their budget.

    On Resource Optimization

    • Network TAPs provide copies of every packet for complete visibility, saving time from having to analyse each packet in more detail.
    • Simple setup and configuration saves significant resource expenditure.
    • Single Point of Failures (SPOF) are minimised in the network.

    Benefits of a partnership with the vendor

    • Garland Technology is 100% committed to a channel strategy. With its unique business model, Garland Technology is the only reseller-friendly network TAP and packet broker manufacturer.
    • Garland Technology guarantees sustainable profitability with a revenue-orientated approach, offering comprehensive discounts and deal protection. In addition, there are no subscription fees and additional margins are realised.
    • Support from sales partner and resources are relieved.
    • Garland Technology offers free network diagrams to explain the solution.

    Benefits of a partnership with ectacom

    • PreSales support for Garland Technology
    • Development of marketing strategies, mailing campaigns as well as joint implementation of telemarketing campaigns
    • Garland Technology partners benefit from a dedicated ectacom contact person who coordinates enquiries or requests with internal specialists from product management, marketing and technology. Due to short decision-making processes, important decisions can be made very quickly.


    • Garland Technology's products do not have any port or feature licenses.
    • All ports and features can be used immediately.
    • As long as a customer has an active hardware warranty, they are eligible for any firmware or feature updates.

    Vendor Support

    Garland Technology stands behind their products with two (2) warranty options.

    Return to Factory (RTF) warranty includes:                                       Premier Technical Support (PTS) warranty includes RTF benfits plus:

    • Web Support                                                                                          • Priority Technical Support
    • Phone Technical Support                                                                    • Advanced Replacement
    • Firmware Updates                                                                                • RMA Prepaid Shipping
    • Repair or replacement of the product                                               • Remote Configuration

    The support section of Garland Technology‘s website provides resources such as installation guides, API guides and self-service firmware updates. Customers can also submit a technical support request on the support page for personalised assistance.

    Technology Partnerships

    • Nozomi Networks
    • ExtraHop
    • Dragos

    Do you have questions about Garland Technology?

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