With more than 80% of the workloads in the Data Center expected to be virtual in 2016, and 80% of this DC 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 enables the synchronization of monitoring policies, providing 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.