Gigamon Expands Traffic Visibility Portfolio

The products double the density for the Gigamon H Series family and deliver 40Gb connectivity in preparation for the next upgrade cycle.

Traffic visibility solutions specialist Gigamon announced that it has expanded its portfolio of solutions to further help enterprise managers to gain visibility of all traffic traversing their networks. The launch of two products, the GigaVue-TA1 and the GigaPort-Q02X32 H Series line-card, which combine to create an aggregation solution, are designed to address the challenge of higher-speed physical connectivity into a visibility fabric. At the same time, the products double the density for the H Series family and deliver 40Gb connectivity in preparation for the next upgrade cycle and higher-speed monitoring tools in the future.

Gigamon's family of GigaVue traffic visibility nodes, which create an intelligent and pervasive Visibility Fabric to deliver traffic flows from across broad networks to appropriate, centralized management, monitoring or security systems, now includes a solution designed specifically to aggregate traffic from low-utilization links. The GigaVue-TA1 node consolidates multiple low utilization ports into "gateway" ports that connect directly into a Visibility Fabric.

As enterprises and data centers transition from 1Gb to 10Gb networks, many upgraded ports continue to carry traffic below the 1Gb links originally replaced and often run at five percent utilization or lower, and aggregating data from these lower-utilization ports can be inefficient, resource-demanding or costly. When multiplied across numerous similar characteristic ports, the challenge can lead to a significant gap in network visibility, the company said. With the launch of the Gigamon GigaVue-TA1 node, traffic from low-utilization ports are aggregated in advance of connection into the Visibility Fabric, allowing for pervasive visibility. The GigaVue-TA1 delivers 640Gb of connectivity in 1RU, front-to-back cooling and options for hot-swap power and fan trays.

The company's GigaPort-Q02X32 H Series line-card expands Gigamon's terabit Visibility Fabric solution built around the H Series of chassis products. The new blade offers a full 320Gb of connectivity in a single chassis slot through 24 ports of 10Gb and 2 ports of 40Gb. The blade almost triples the connectivity density of the H Series while also providing high-speed traffic ingress from SPAN ports, inter-node stacking and aggregation uplinks at up to 40Gb.

The blade is also future-proofed as it allows monitoring, management and security tools to be attached at 40Gb when the need arises. The GigaPort line card is compatible with all H Series products that are ready for data center deployments with front-to-back cooling, redundant power and fan, and offer high-density connectivity.

"Over the last few years, the exponential growth in communications has created traffic visibility problems for enterprises and data centers. What they cannot see, they cannot measure, and what they cannot measure, they cannot manage," said Ted Ho, Gigamon CEO. "Our customers have been asking for a traffic aggregation solution to consolidate low-utilization connections before entering an intelligent Visibility Fabric, and in parallel the industry has been asking for a 40Gb solution to address the new backbone traffic visibility challenges. By expanding our existing Visibility Fabric solutions, Gigamon provides enterprises and data centers with a broad portfolio of solutions that can scale to accommodate virtually any current or future networking requirements they have."