When customers deploy inline appliances on mission critical network segments, they have the option to mitigate the risks of scheduled or unscheduled downtime of an inline appliance for configuration changes, maintenance, or repair scenarios by adding a tap/bypass switch to maintain network continuity. The combination of Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall with Network Critical’s tap/bypass switch optimizes full-functionality of the next-generation firewall without impacting latency or availability.