Well it has a long 10 days and I am happy to say that Spy Net is back and live. Spy Net was originally a term that was used by a Gigamon Founder when Gigamon had previously sponsored the NOC a few years back. Spy Net is a term coined for the monitoring network infrastructure that is used to defend the Interop NOC. Spy Net is not to be confused with Skynet from the Terminator movies, Spy Net is a lot more awesome, at least for us geeks…. Spy Net consists of the tapping infrastructure, data access switches, and the monitoring and troubleshooting tools. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 You can think of it as Big Brother on steroids, but these tools are a necessary evil for customers big and small alike in order to properly monitor and troubleshoot the life blood of a company. Gigamon provides both the inline taps and the data access switches that help send the live network data to the monitoring and troubleshooting tools that are provided by NetScout, JDSU, and Fluke Networks. Gigamon effectively taps all major inbound links into the Interop NOC and all network links on the Interop show floor. Once the links are tapped the data feeds are integrated into the data-access switch that is also supplied by Gigamon. Think of the Gigamon GigaVUE® data access switch as a traffic cop. Once data is fed into the GigaVUE, users can aggregate, filter, copy, and direct data to specific access points that network monitoring and troubleshooting tools can connect to see the specific data the tool needs. This provides the network team a large amount of flexibility to get specific data, from a specific part of the network on the fly, significantly reducing troubleshooting time.
Above is a small snapshot of some network taps and a GigaVUE data access switch connected together. There is a lot of time and thought that takes place in order to properly tap and instrument the network. For the Interop NOC I utilized five GigaVUE-2404 data access switches in a star configuration. The reason I decided on this configuration is because it allowed be to strategically place GigaVUE-2404 units at major aggregation points in the three tier network design that was was developed by both Cisco and HP, so that I can send data to one central location that all the tools can attach. Once all of this was racked, stacked, connected, and configured, the final product is shown below with all of our units in one integrated interface that Gigamon calls Citrus.