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Gigamon Unveils New GigaVUE-VM Traffic Visibility Fabric Node

New technology enables virtual environments to be managed, analysed and secured by the same tools as physical data centres

Gigamon®, a world leader in Traffic Visibility Fabric solutions, today announced that it will be demonstrating at Interop Las Vegas the GigaVUE-VM fabric node, the newest addition to the company’s award winning GigaVUE® product family. The new GigaVUE-VM fabric node extends intelligent traffic visibility, selection and filtering into virtualised environments and in doing so evolves the Gigamon Traffic Visibility Fabric™ to enable virtual environments to be monitored by the same tools as physical data centres.

“The migration from tactical to strategic virtualisation in companies of all size is causing IT organisations to step back and assess how they will rise to meet the management challenges associated with large-scale virtualisation. While virtualisation brings significant benefits, it can also create other challenges, namely lack of visibility for management tools to effectively manage, analyse and secure network traffic,” said Patrick Leong, Gigamon CTO. “The prior approach – connecting management and analysis tools to specific network segments and switches – will not work in this new virtualised environment. Our Traffic Visibility Fabric represents a revolutionary new approach to address this need. The Fabric, with the GigaVUE-VM fabric nodes, overcomes the challenge of management visibility in the virtualised world by providing pervasive visibility.”

The GigaVUE-VM fabric node extends the Gigamon Traffic Visibility Fabric by bridging the virtual/physical boundary and allowing selected Virtual Machine (VM) traffic to be intelligently identified and directed to physical network management, analysis or security tools. By providing visibility into the traffic that traverses the hypervisor, the GigaVUE-VM fabric node can improve infrastructure manageability, empower proactive planning, and enable the implementation of compliance standards and reporting. The GigaVUE-VM fabric node in conjunction with the fabric management platform has the ability to analyse and ensure intelligent traffic selection, filtering and forwarding follows VMs as they dynamically move across the network.

Implemented as a native VMware virtual machine, the GigaVUE-VM fabric node can rapidly and easily be deployed, thus avoiding the complexity and instability risk that can be created by alternative approaches. The Gigamon Traffic Visibility Fabric offers a new approach and a new architecture, allowing system managers to achieve the same level of traffic visibility between virtual server instances as is available between physical server instances without changing any operating procedures, without creating a risk to the stability of the underlying hypervisor and without adding complexity to the network.