Visibility Fabric Architecture
An Innovative Approach
Visibility today means insight and control of network traffic from devices and applications, across physical, virtual and SDN environments, as well as private and public clouds. As infrastructure becomes more distributed, traffic volume and speeds increase, and the adoption of emerging technologies continues, the need to converge on a unified monitoring infrastructure that not only simplifies and automates network traffic visibility, but also provides built-in intelligence will drive the ongoing evolution of the Unified Visibility Fabric architecture.
The Unified Visibility Fabric™ architecture is an innovative solution that delivers pervasive and dynamic visibility of network traffic across communication networks. A Unified Visibility Fabric architecture can address the monitoring challenges facing today’s IT organizations by helping to:
Extend Visibility: Bridge islands of physical, virtual and eventually SDN worlds with end-to-end visibility for tools across campus, cloud, and service provider
Respond Dynamically: Modify network traffic out-of-band and add tools without impacting the production network. This architecture will provide an open environment through a set of forthcoming APIs and SDKs to be developed by Gigamon to address “just-in-time” responsiveness to real-time events that occur within the network through automation and orchestration
Improve ROI: Control traffic to avoid oversubscription, extend the life of 1Gb tools and ensure that the tools used to manage, analyze and secure the network receive the critical information they require to realize their full potential
Reduce Costs: Centralize tools to reduce CAPEX; simplify management to reduce OPEX with a flexible policy engine that enables parallel monitoring policies to serve multiple departments simultaneously**
Enable Scale: Invest in a solution that can grow to address future needs as your network grows from 1Gb to 10Gb, 40Gb or 100Gb, and evolves from physical to virtual to eventually SDN environments
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