Metadata Generation

Actionable flow-level insights

The unique metadata generation capability of GigaSMART® combines Layer 4 flow-generated cross-traffic data with Layer 7 application-level insights to achieve pervasive, actionable network visibility for successful analysis. NetFlow metadata generated by GigaSMART is unsampled, so it supports a range of formats, for seamless integration with an unlimited number of standards-based collectors, storage devices and SIEMs — without causing any processing overload or performance degradation. Gigamon has also extended IPFIX to include application-specific extensions, as well as standard traffic information. By offloading metadata generation to the Gigamon Visibility Platform, operators can more efficiently leverage their valuable production network resources.

NetFlow and Metadata Generation

The benefits of Gigamon metadata generation

  • Delivers a pervasive view of the network to security and performance monitoring tools
  • Eliminates processing overload and performance degradation on production routers and switches
  • Paints a precise picture of network activity without the loss of fidelity that typically incurs from sampled NetFlow generation
  • Helps ensure compatibility with legacy and next-generation NetFlow collectors with a wide range of export formats
  • Generates flow statistics for specific networks and applications with ingress filtering using Flow Mapping®
  • Enables operators to use multiple vendors for security and application monitoring with support for numerous collectors

Metadata generation: one of many GigaSMART features

GigaSMART® offers a number of other essential traffic intelligence services required for active visibility into infrastructure blind spots, including:

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