GigaVUE-VM | Pervasive visibility from virtual to physical


Pervasive visibility from virtual to physical


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Active Visibility for Virtual Workloads

With more than 80% of the workloads in the Data Center expected to be virtual in 2016, and 80% of this data center traffic being East-West, a primary challenge for the centralized monitoring infrastructure is to access this virtual traffic for application, network and security analysis.

Gigamon’s GigaVUE-VM Visibility Fabric™ node provides an intelligent filtering technology that allows virtual machine (VM) traffic flows of interest to be selected, forwarded, and delivered to the monitoring infrastructure centrally attached to the GigaVUE platforms, thereby eliminating any traffic blind spots in the virtualized data center.

As a VMware vSphere guest VM, the light footprint GigaVUE-VM fabric node is installed without the need for special software, invasive agents, kernel modules, or changes to the hypervisor. With this solution, your organization can now achieve the same packet-level traffic visibility between virtualized applications as is normally available between discrete physical applications and servers.

Leveraging vCenter APIs, GigaVUE-FM—Gigamon’s centralized fabric management system—can track vMotion events across Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and high availability (HA) cluster environments, enabling visibility policies to be tied to the monitored VMs and migrate with the VMs as they move across physical hosts. This automation provides Active Visibility into an agile and dynamic Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC).

GigaVUE-VM fabric nodes tightly integrate with best-of-breed virtual switching including Virtual Standard Switch (vSS), Virtual Distributed Switch (vDS) and Cisco Nexus 1000V.

GigaVUE-VM also extends traffic visibility to the VMs deployed on the VMware NSX-V network hypervisor, a network virtualization platform that delivers the operational model of a virtual machine for the network by creating virtual/overlay virtual networks using VXLAN encapsulation protocols for traffic segmentation. To get complete traffic visibility into these virtual/overlay networks, GigaSMART® features like header stripping and Adaptive Packet Filtering can be used to de-capsulate the traffic and provide tenant level filtering.

Having an end-to-end solution that provides traffic visibility into both the physical and virtualized infrastructures empowers the infrastructure administrators and operators with the insight needed to ensure service quality, security compliancy, and maintain business continuity.


Quick Specs

  • Virtual workload visibility
  • Automated migration of monitoring policies
  • Hotspot detection of virtual monitoring policies


GigaVUE VM, network traffic monitoring solution for virtual machines

Features & Benefits

  • Visibility into VM Traffic — Intelligent selection, filtering, and forwarding of VM traffic to the monitoring and tool infrastructure, extending the reach and leveraging existing tools to monitor virtual network infrastructure
  • Support for Packet Slicing — Further reduce IO resources by removing irrelevant information with packet slicing before sending to the tool and optimize long-term storage of data by capturing only data of interest
  • Integration with Gigamon’s Unified Visibility Fabric — Seamless end-to-end visibility across physical and virtual network infrastructure. Optimize monitoring infrastructure by enabling aggregation, replication, and sharing of traffic streams across multiple monitoring tools and IT teams. Additional Flow Mapping® and GigaSMART® intelligence can be applied on the virtual traffic before forwarding the tools
  • Gigamon and ERSPAN Tunneling Support — Leverage your production network to tunnel and forward the filtered virtual traffic from the hypervisor to the GigaVUE® platforms; tenant-based IP Tunneling facilitates isolation, privacy, and compliance of monitoring traffic
  • Support for vMotion — Ensure the integrity of visibility and monitoring policies in a dynamic infrastructure, have real-time adjustment of monitoring and security posture to virtual network changes, and the ability to respond to disasters/failures without losing NOC insight and control
  • Support for VMware vSS, vDS, NSX vSwitch and Cisco Nexus 1000V—Maintain end-to-end compliance, security, and monitoring in environments including VMware and Cisco virtual switches
  • Centralized Management — A single instance of GigaVUE-FM can discover multiple vCenters (up to 10) and configure policies for virtual workload traffic in hundreds (up to 1000) of hypervisors. Seamlessly install and upgrade GigaVUE-VM fabric nodes leveraging the bulk deployment capabilities of GigaVUE-FM
  • Hotspot monitoring — Pro-actively monitor and troubleshoot GigaVUE-VM nodes by elevating Top-N and Bottom-N virtual traffic policies to the centralized dashboards


Use Cases

  • Private clouds that want to provide SLA monitoring of the virtual workload traffic
  • Data centers where virtual workload traffic needs to be analyzed along with the physical network traffic by a centralized monitoring tool infrastructure
  • IT organizations that are concerned about threats or malware embedded in the SSL traffic within the virtual infrastructure
  • Architectures that have mission critical, “East-West” virtual machine traffic
  • Seamless visibility of virtual machine traffic across multiple data centers, including hybrid cloud infrastructure, with centralized tool systems
  • Software-defined Data Centers that are evaluating emerging network virtualization and SDN technologies