Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Gigamon Expands its Traffic Visibility Fabric

Gigamon has expanded its H Series Intelligent Traffic Visibility Node portfolio with a smaller form factor chassis with a high-resiliency multi-chassis "clustering" capability.

Gigamon's flagship H Series are designed to handle millions of traffic flows each second, delivering them intelligently to the appropriate infrastructure security or managing systems.

The new GigaVUE-HD4 is a 5U rack-mountable, four-slot platform for core data center infrastructure. It supports a maximum of eight ports of 40Gbps, 96 ports of 10Gbps ports, or 176 1Gbps ports.

The GigaVUE-HD4 uses Gigamon's FlowMapping technology to intelligently filter, forward, replicate and manage the flow of traffic from production networks to management, monitoring and security tools.

Gigamon also released an upgrade to its H Series software that enables network architects to create a "Master/Slave" control-plane clustering structure within the fabric to include multiple H Series visibility nodes. For added resiliency, secondary nodes can assume the role of "master" if connectivity is lost to the original master. Additional capabilities and functionality has been added in the form of a graphical user interface (GUI) specifically designed to efficiently manage and control the many hundreds of ports contained across a Cluster of H Series nodes.

"A significantly increasing challenge faced by IT professionals is to maintain accurate and pervasive management and monitoring of the rapidly rising volumes of traffic traversing the enterprise infrastructure. The past approach – to connect monitoring and management tools into specific segments or domains of the network – will not scale into the future. A new approach is required, and we believe the Visibility Fabric architecture represents a compelling solution. Without the Visibility Fabric in place, network managers lack the ability to ensure pervasive visibility that enables management tools to effectively monitor this increasing volume of traffic." said Ted Ho, Gigamon CEO.