SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 26, 2013) - Net Optics, Inc., the leading provider of Intelligent Network Access and Monitoring Architecture, has launched the highly anticipated Phantom Virtualization Tap 2.5. The new Tap provides unprecedented total support for VMware vSphere 4.x, 5.0 & 5.1.

Support for vSphere 5.x and stealth deployments is key to delivering total visibility for virtualizing customers via a silent kernel module. This capability makes the Phantom Tap the only product now on the market able to provide kernel-level implementation for vSphere 5.x.

In addition to its enhanced vSphere support, the Phantom Virtualization Tap 2.5 offers a wide spectrum of important cost-saving and efficiency benefits. The Tap now leverages /dvFilter API to deliver its advanced, kernel-level monitoring -- unique in providing smart filtering at the collection point. The ability to maintain a kernel-level solution is essential to a customer's ability to optimize resource utilization.

Customers upgrading to vSphere 5.x can benefit substantially from the Phantom Tap's new functions. It solves the critical need for visibility in virtualized environments, where inter-VM and cross-blade traffic have remained invisible to physical instrumentation tools. The potential consequences of this invisibility are profound in terms of reduced security, non-compliance, loss of availability and lower performance.

With its support for VMware's latest and most important shipping product, vSphere 5.x, the hypervisor-agnostic Phantom Virtualization Tap 2.5 further extends its breadth as a full monitoring and access solution. The ability to deliver a kernel-level monitor reinforces Net Optics' leadership in the virtual monitoring and access arena, placing the company at the forefront of the marketplace where some companies still strive to deploy a virtual machine layer probe over promiscuous mode v-switch.

Cross-hypervisor support is yet another factor that establishes the Phantom Tap's continuing pre-eminence in virtualization access and monitoring. Net Optics has been a Tap pioneer and innovator since its founding in 1996. 

"We're excited that, in addition to its many new capabilities, the Phantom Tap 2.5 provides organizations of all types a reliable resource for regulatory compliance," said Ran Nahmias, Senior Director, Virtualization and Cloud Solutions. "Customers in all industries gain immediate and long-term benefits from the ability to deploy a total visibility solution for the expanding virtual environment."

The Phantom Virtualization Tap Version 2.5 will be Generally Available at the end of March and can be ordered at the start of Q2.

About Net Optics, Inc.
Net Optics is the leading provider of Total Application and Network Visibility solutions that deliver real-time network intelligence for peak performance in network monitoring and security. As a result, businesses achieve the scalable end-to-end visibility they need to optimize network performance of physical, virtual and private cloud environments, and remote branch offices. More than 7,500 enterprises, service providers and government organizations -- including 85 percent of the Fortune 100 -- trust Net Optics' comprehensive plug and play family of application-aware NPM, Network Packet Broker, Virtual/Cloud and Visibility Management System (VMS) solutions to deliver immediate results and quick time to value through an easy-to-use interface. Net Optics maintains a global presence through leading OEM partner and reseller networks.


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