Visibility Fabric Architecture
An Innovative Approach
The Gigamon® Visibility Fabric™ architecture is an innovative solution that delivers pervasive and dynamic traffic visibility from across the physical and virtual network environments to centralized tools that manage, analyze and secure the network. This new approach can extend the network reach of the tools to significantly improve return on investment, allows IT organizations to more efficiently manage and secure their network, and provides a solution that can quickly evolve and scale as network needs change.
Need for a New Approach
As the networking landscape changes with emerging technologies like virtualization, cloud computing, mobility and big data, organizations are looking to traffic visibility as an essential component in managing, analyzing and securing their networks. However legacy approaches offer limited traffic visibility with limited filtering capabilities; are difficult and costly to scale and manage; and often require change orders or network downtime in order to adapt to the evolving network. The Enterprise Strategy Group Report highlights a variety of drivers that both identify the shortcomings of current alternatives and substantiate the need for a new approach. Respondents reported that:
- 36% Cannot provision mirror/SPAN ports fast enough
- 38% Have monitoring/security tools that cannot keep up
- 48% Have tools that need too many connections ports
- 40% Do not have enough mirror/SPAN ports for their tools
Deploying a Visibility Fabric Architecture
Sitting between the IT infrastructure and the tools that need the access to the traffic traversing the network, the Visibility Fabric architecture is comprised of the GigaVUE® family of fabric nodes and patented, advanced-level intelligence that can aggregate, filter, replicate or modify traffic to centralized management, analysis and security tools. The Visibility Fabric architecture is modular and extensible—suitable for a variety of networks of different size and scale from 1Gb connectivity to 2.4Tb chassis-based solutions. Dynamic changes can be made easily without impacting the production network so IT organizations can be agile and responsive to threats, events or anomalies on the network.
Visibility today means insight and control of network traffic from devices and applications, in both physical and virtual environments as well as private and public clouds. As infrastructure becomes more and more distributed, traffic volume and speeds increase, and the adoption of emerging technologies continues, the need to converge on a single platform that not only simplifies and automates network traffic visibility, but also provides built-in intelligence will drive the evolution of the Visibility Fabric architecture. We see a progressed and phased evolution of the Visibility Fabric architecture:
The Pervasive Fabric: Patented Flow Mapping® that aggregates, filters and replicates traffic providing you with pervasive and dynamic traffic visibility.
The Engaged Fabric: Advanced GigaSMART® Applications modify, manipulate, transform and transport packets and the information that they carry to enhance and improve the value of the traffic before delivering to the management, monitoring and security tools.
The Active Fabric: Traffic visibility that can be influenced and controlled by the technologies, tools and systems you rely upon to manage, analyze and secure your network.
The Living Fabric: Delivering a complete ecosystem for infrastructure management for Enterprises, Data Centers and Service Providers.
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