Gigamon And ExtraHop Partner In First Total Solution For Network And Application Management

18 December 2008

Gigamon, a leading provider of intelligent data access networking products, today announced a partnership with network management company ExtraHop to offer the first all-in-one network and application management solution. The solution combines Gigamon’s GigaVUE data access switch and the ExtraHop Application Delivery Assurance System, creating a technology platform that ensures top-to-bottom visibility of application stacks within complex network environments.

By marketing an integrated passive network solution, the two companies are breaking new ground in network and application monitoring and troubleshooting. “The network is the heart of today's businesses,” said Tom Gallatin, vice president of sales and marketing at Gigamon. “A comprehensive network and application visibility solution, enabled by GigaVUE and the ExtraHop System, helps networking and application teams work together to troubleshoot problems, tune for performance, and ensure that the business is racing ahead.”

“In this hyper-distributed, virtualized world, most IT organizations are still dealing with a hodge-podge of tools which are sorely inadequate for today’s troubleshooting, performance tuning and capacity planning needs,” said Jesse Rothstein, CEO and co-founder of ExtraHop. “Our technology partnership with Gigamon gives IT personnel the assured, highly efficient and, most of all, complete solution they need for smart network and application management.”

Combined Innovations

Gigamon’s GigaVUE has set a new standard in data access switches through its innovative DAN (Data Access Network) approach, which has won Emerging Technology of the Year honors in the world monitoring market from Frost & Sullivan. DANs provide exactly the packets needed for a given tool to carry out its function, without impacting network operations. This “packet-aware” capability provides an intelligent connectivity layer between the production network and enterprise monitoring tools.
The combination of GigaVUE with the ExtraHop Application Delivery Assurance System optimizes network infrastructure by delivering application level visibility via a passive network device.

The ExtraHop Application Delivery Assurance System goes far beyond current monitoring practices in a fundamentally different approach towards application and network management. Unlike traditional tools, the ExtraHop appliance provides insights into each application tier, so users can drill down to each application, device or protocol. IT staffs gain a holistic (L2-L7) view; what’s more, the appliance runs at network speed and is always on, with zero agents, zero overhead, and zero configurations.

Holistic Solution

By deeply examining all network streams and transactions that traverse the asynchronously routed network, the Gigamon/ExtraHop solution allows IT organizations to see the big network picture while also providing the precision tools to troubleshoot at the most granular level. Correlation and root cause analysis is no longer a painful exercise, and performance degradation is easier to correct since technicians can more quickly determine if the problem is caused by the network or the application. This scenario can potentially mean big costs in man hours from network engineering and application support teams.

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