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Minimize downtime during security upgrades with an Ixia bypass switch

Maintenance windows are precious. When it comes time to upgrade your ASA to a dedicated FirePOWER appliance, Ixia can help you minimize the time spent configuring a resilient path for FirePOWER upgrades. Installing an Ixia external bypass switch takes only about 4 minutes since it is already preconfigured for Cisco.     Using the bypass switch in tap mode, traffic can still flow in your live network while also being replicated to the FirePOWER IPS.  Once your IPS is configured, tested, and ready for deployment, it can be easily placed inline with no further network disruption.  A typical IPS install can take anywhere from 2-4 hours. The benefit to network downtime from using an external bypass becomes significant when you have dozens of IPS upgrades. 


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    White Paper: Plan Your Firewall Migration to Increase Security Resilience

    If you will be upgrading or migrating to a next generation firewall, take the opportunity to also review your overall security architecture. You spend significant time and money to implement, maintain, and upgrade your security infrastructure. Make sure your security tool architecture is designed to maximize value and efficiency. Limit the risk of downtime to your network. Keep your applications strong. All these benefits start with the simple addition of a bypass switch. For more advanced architectures, add a network packet broker. This paper examines how you can achieve these goals and implement a resilient security fabric—one that delivers a selfhealing, highly-available security architecture to complement your next-generation firewall (NGFW).

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