Visibility today means insight into infrastructure blind spots. Driven by the need for real-time decision making, network traffic provides network operations and security administrators with an authentic source of data to base these decisions. For pervasive visibility, the network traffic should be acquired from a variety of devices and applications, across physical, virtual and SDN/NFV 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 visibility 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. Given the complexity in today’s infrastructure, it is important that the fabric provides visibility into physical, virtual, remote sites as well as emerging SDN/NFV infrastructure as a single unified fabric with a common management and policy model, rather than as a set of disjoint nodes. Such a unified management model allows rapid visibility into infrastructure blind spots.
The Unified Visibility Fabric™ is an innovative solution that delivers pervasive and Active Visibility of network traffic across communication networks. A Unified Visibility Fabric can address the monitoring challenges facing today’s IT organizations by helping to:
Extend Visibility: Bridge islands of physical, virtual, and eventually SDN/NFV worlds with end-to-end visibility for tools across enterprise, data center, cloud, and service provider infrastructure. This unified management model allows rapid visibility into infrastructure blind spots by providing a common fabric for IT operations management tools such as security, APM, NPM, and others.
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 existing 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 into a “Unified Tool Rail” 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 SDN and NFV 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.
As a result, relying on the status quo would result in a significant drop in agility, overload of security and monitoring tools and a continued negative impact on CAPEX and OPEX, all of which ultimately impact the scope of visibility.
* ESG Research Brief: Networking Spending Trends, March 2012