Official partner of Cyberseer
The IT challenge for most organisations involves the rise in volumes of data and fast delivery of data over diverse networks that span physical, virtual and cloud environments to connect to billions of devices. At the same time, they face growing numbers of varied advanced and aggressive threats such as malware and ransomware.
The result is an ever-expanding universe of complexity, cost and risk. Current approaches to managing, monitoring and securing critical infrastructure only raises the complexity, cost and risk.
The network is a rich source of data in motion. However, the sheer volume of network traffic is so high that advanced tool sets for security, performance management and analytics that need to inspect the data in motion cannot directly ingest the data without being overwhelmed.
With pervasive traffic visibility, organisations will be much better equipped to meet the requirements of advanced tool sets by delivering the relevant data to cybersecurity, performance management and analytic tools.
This is achieved by creating a new pre-processing layer – typically called a monitoring fabric or visibility layer – that sits in the infrastructure between the network and these tools that need to analyse the data in motion.
This pre-processing layer will extract the data in motion from any point in the network and intelligently filter, correlate and deliver the relevant data to each security, monitoring and management system.
The delivered data could be network traffic in form of raw packets, meaningful extracted metadata, specific application flows/sessions or transformed traffic (e.g. masking of sensitive data in traffic or decrypted network traffic).
Cyberseer is installing Gigamon Visibility Platform into customer’s infrastructures, delivering pervasive visibility into data in motion across the entire network – physical, virtual, public/private/hybrid cloud, and remote sites.
This visibility layer is agnostic to choices made in the network or tooling layers and delivers support to the network optimisation and security needs of organisations of all types and sizes.
There are three key benefits of the Gigamon data-in-motion Visibility Platform:
1. Manage, consolidate and automate traffic delivery to tools.
2. Deliver relevant data to maximise performance of monitoring and security tools.
3. Gain full transparency into what’s happening on the network.
Armed with pervasive traffic visibility, organisations can maximise current investments, support IT security operations and deliver better, faster service to high-value customers and are empowered to make better, faster decisions.
Physical and virtual nodes (appliances or software) distributed across critical parts of the infrastructure.Visibility nodes are offered in a variety of hardware and software form factors to provide a range of services in the Visibility Platform.
Powered by GigaSMART for pervasive intelligent visibility.
Gigamon’s patented GigaSMART traffic intelligence provides stateful and packet optimisation functions that run as software applications on high-performance compute engines in the visibility nodes. GigaSMART applications are an integral part of the Visibility Platform as they help maximise the performance of the overall tooling infrastructure. Key GigaSMART applications include:
Centralised orchestration and common policy framework.
A distributed fabric of nodes that interfaces with so many locations in the infrastructure needs an orchestration element for the Visibility Platform.
GigaVUE-FM (Fabric Manager) provides centralised orchestration and a common policy framework for the Visibility Platform. GigaVUE-FM delivers a single-pane-of-glass view of all the physical and virtual nodes in the Visibility Platform with easy-to-use wizards for common operations.
The GigaVUE-FM Fabric Manager features integration with commonly used operational frameworks, IT operational systems and applications. Examples include Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), AWS CloudWatch, OpenStack, Splunk, VMware NSX Manager, VMware vCenter, etc.
These integrations enable the Visibility Platform to automatically discover changes in the infrastructure being monitored.
In addition to centralised orchestration, GigaVUE-FM features end-to-end topology visualisation, network auto-discovery, fabric-wide reporting with summarised and customisable dashboards, and enhanced monitoring capabilities.
GigaVUE-FM also provides a set of RESTful APIs to integrate with other third-party applications used in a specific environment. Together, these APIs form the basis for Software-Defined Visibility, an open extensible framework for programmability, automation and tool integration.
The visibility nodes can be distributed at critical locations in the infrastructure to form a distributed fabric (also referred to as the Visibility Fabric). The core of the Visibility Platform is powered by a common operating system, GigaVUE-OS that offers several foundational services:
*ESG Research Report on Behalf of Gigamon, Sept. 2016