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Line-Rate Packet Modification Technology

Gigamon’s patented GigaSMART® technology can enhance your monitoring infrastructure with a range of applications to enable the modification, manipulation, transformation, and transport of traffic from your network to the tools you rely upon for management, monitoring, and security.

GigaSMART technology extends the intelligence and value of the Gigamon Visibility Fabric™ architecture with the capabilities to modify packets at line rate and add valuable information through packet functions including packet slicing, masking, source port labeling, tunneling, header stripping, time stamping, and load balancing. GigaSMART applications provide stateful packet correlation capabilities that enable de-duplication and provide session awareness for enhanced visibility and insight into the control and data traffic flows.

Network monitoring tools can now perform more efficiently by eliminating unwanted content with the de-duplication and packet slicing features. Masking allows network security teams to hide confidential information like passwords, financial accounts, or medical data allowing companies to meet SOX, HIPAA, and PCI compliance regulations. Organizations can improve accuracy by adding source or timing information at the point of collection with the source port labeling and time stamping capabilities. 

Enhanced packet distribution features available with Adaptive Packet Filtering or Layer 7 load balancing enable visibility into packet contents. When combined with header stripping, tools can operate more effectively by removing unwanted protocol headers.

The advanced processing capabilities of the GigaSMART card can also be leveraged to summarize and generate NetFlow statistics from incoming traffic streams. Offloading NetFlow Generation to the out-of-band Gigamon Visibility Fabric eliminates the risk of expending expensive production network resources in generating these analytics. Enhanced flow-level visibility across remote locations and Big Data environments can be used to derive usage patterns, top talkers, top applications etc., for effective capacity planning and enforcing security policies. 

Features & Benefits

 

Packet Slicing

packet slicing• Reduce packet size to increase processing and monitoring throughput
• Optimize the deployment of forensic recorder tools



Masking

masking• Conceal private data including financial and medical information
• Empower network monitoring tools to perform their task and maintain PCI and HIPAA compliance
• Enable more data storage in a recorder application

 

Source Port Labeling

Source Port Labeling• Add labels to the packets indicating the ingress port
• Easily identify where a packet is coming from
• Enhance the efficiency of your network monitoring tools by eliminating the potential of duplicate data streams

 

Tunneling

IP tunneling• Encapsulate and forward packets to monitoring tools between networks on separate routed paths
• Enable routing of data from lights-out data centers to central monitoring facilities

 

Advanced Tunneling including ERSPAN Termination

Advanced Tunneling• Provides tunnel termination of ERSPAN sessions enabling consolidation, filtering and forwarding of relevant ERSPAN traffic
• Enable analysis tools to receive filtered traffic from remote networks

 


Adaptive Packet Filtering

Adaptive Packet Filtering• Enhanced visibility into encapsulated application flows 
• Intelligent protocol aware filtering across advanced encapsulation headers including VXLAN, VN-Tag, GTP, MPLS, etc., and inner (encapsulated) Layer3/Layer4 packet contents 
• Advanced visibility in to the application layer using pattern matching regular expressions-based filters

 

Header Stripping

header stripping• Eliminate the need for monitoring tools to decipher protocols
• Allow easy filtering, aggregation, and load balancing of packets with headers removed
• Support for ISL header/trailer removal and VXLAN, VNTAG, VLAN, MPLS, and GTP-U tunnel stripping

 

Time Stamping

time stamping• Add Packet time stamps at line rate for subsequent analysis
• Troubleshoot and measure application response times jitter and latency



L7 Load Balancing

L7 Load Balancing• Traffic distribution among multiple ports based on fixed or variable matching fields
• Filtering and traffic distribution capabilities applied to any field in the packet beyond Layer 2 – Layer 4 and into the application layer

 

Load Balancing

Load Balancing• Distribute traffic among multiple ports based on a variety of options: hashing, bandwidth, cumulative traffic, packet rate, connections, and round robin.
• Apply weighting to the traffic distribution, supporting different tool capacities.
• Hashing options include: IP, IP-and-Port, five-tuple, and GTP-u tunnel ID

 

Applications

 

De-duplication

De-duplication• Relieve tool processing resources when packets are gathered from multiple collection points along a path by only forwarding a packet once
• Remove packet duplication caused by inter-VLAN communication or incorrect switch configuration
• Enhance the efficiency of your network monitoring tools by eliminating the potential of duplicate data streams across IPv4/IPv6 networks

GTP Correlation

GTP Correlation• Optimize Tool Infrastructure with stateful correlation, filtering, and forwarding of GTP traffic based on mobile subscriber-IDs
• Pervasive subscriber-level visibility to gauge end-user quality of experience
• Real-Time fragmentation-aware stateful visibility enables reliable accounting, billing, and subscription management

FlowVUE™

FlowVUE• Flow-aware sampling of active subscriber devices to selectively reduce traffic
• Preserve or increase CEM based on real-time reduced data analytic throughput
• Leveraging Big Data to tailor marketing campaigns, pricing strategies, etc., based on subscriber usage patterns

NetFlow Generation

NetFlow Generation• Increase infrastructure efficiencies by offloading NetFlow Generation to the Visibility Fabric
• Out-of-Band solution completely eliminates the risk of dropping production traffic on busy routers or switches as a result of generating NetFlow  
• Unsampled 1:1 NetFlow record generation to facilitate true response and root cause capability
• Integrated traffic visibility solution with NetFlow Generation support simultaneously provides both flow and packet statistics to a variety of monitoring, analysis, and security tools

 

 

Ordering Numbers:

GigaSMART for the GigaVUE-2404 Fabric Node

  • SMT-436: GigaSMART 6 port GigaVUE-2404 blade (no licenses included)
  • SMT-BSE: GigaSMART-Base Configuration (Packet Slicing, Masking, Source Port Labeling) features module license per GigaSMART blade
  • SMT-TSP: GigaSMART-Time Stamp feature module license per GigaSMART blade
  • SMT-DDP: GigaSMART-De-Duplication feature module license per GigaSMART blade
  • SMT-TUN: GigaSMART-Tunneling feature module license per GigaSMART blade
  • SMT-HST: GigaSMART-Header Stripping feature module license per GigaSMART blade
  • SMT-LBG: GigaSMART-Load Balancing Group feature module license per GigaSMART blade

 

GigaSMART for the GigaVUE-HD4 and GigaVUE-HD8 Fabric Nodes

  • SMT-HD0: GigaSMART, HD Series blade (includes Slicing, Masking, Source Port & GigaVUE Tunneling De-Encapsulation SW)
  • SMT-HD0-DD1: GigaSMART, HD Series, De-Duplication feature license per GigaSMART blade
  • SMT-HD0-HS1: GigaSMART, HD Series, Header Stripping feature license per
    GigaSMART blade
  • SMT-HD0-AT1: GigaSMART, HD Series, Advanced Tunneling feature license per
    GigaSMART blade
  • SMT-HD0-APF: GigaSMART, HD Series, Adaptive Packet Filtering feature license per GigaSMART blade
  • SMT-HD0-NF1: GigaSMART, HD Series, NetFlow Generation feature license per
    GigaSMART blade
  • SMT-HD0-FVU: GigaSMART, HD Series, FlowVUE feature license per GigaSMART blade
  • SMT-HD0-GTP250: GigaSMART, HD Series, GTP Filtering & Correlation feature license per GigaSMART blade, 250K subscribers
  • SMT-HD0-GTP500: GigaSMART, HD Series, GTP Filtering & Correlation feature license per GigaSMART blade, 500K subscribers
  • SMT-HD0-GTPMAX: GigaSMART, HD Series, GTP Filtering & Correlation feature license per GigaSMART blade, Maximum subscribers

 

GigaSMART for the GigaVUE-HC2 Fabric Node

  • SMT-HC0-X16: GigaSMART, HC Series, Front Module, 16 10Gb cages (includes Slicing, Masking, Source Port & GigaVUE Tunneling De-Encapsulation SW)
  • SMT-HC0-R: GigaSMART, HC Series, Rear Module (includes Slicing, Masking, Source Port & GigaVUE Tunneling De-Encapsulation SW)
  • SMT-HC0-DD1: GigaSMART, HC Series, De-Duplication feature license per GigaSMART module
  • SMT-HC0-HS1: GigaSMART, HC Series, Header Stripping feature license per GigaSMART module
  • SMT-HC0-AT1: GigaSMART, HC Series, Advanced Tunneling feature license per GigaSMART module
  • SMT-HC0-APF: GigaSMART, HC Series Adaptive Packet Filtering feature license per GigaSMART module
  • SMT-HC0-NF1: GigaSMART, HC Series, NetFlow Generation feature license per GigaSMART module
  • SMT-HC0-FVU: GigaSMART, HC Series, FlowVUE feature license per GigaSMART module
  • SMT-HC0-GTP250: GigaSMART, HC Series, GTP Filtering & Correlation feature license per GigaSMART module 250K subscribers
  • SMT-HC0-GTP500: GigaSMART, HC Series, GTP Filtering & Correlation feature license per GigaSMART module 500K subscribers
  • SMT-HC0-GPTMAX: GigaSMART, HC Series, GTP Filtering & Correlation feature license per GigaSMART module Maximum subscribers

 

GigaSMART for the GigaVUE-HB1 Fabric Node

  • SMT-HB1-BSE: GigaSMART, HB license combo, includes Slicing, Masking, & Source
    Port features
  • SMT-HB1-DD1: GigaSMART, HB license, De-Duplication feature
  • SMT-HB1-HS1: GigaSMART, HB license, Header Stripping feature
  • SMT-HB1-TUN: GigaSMART, HB license, Tunneling feature (includes tunnel generation/termination & ERSPAN termination)
  • SMT-HB0-APF: GigaSMART, HB license, Adaptive Packet Filtering feature
  • SMT-HB0-NF1: GigaSMART, HB license, NetFlow Generation feature