Visibility in Motion at Cisco Live Orlando

by: Huy Nguyen, Senior Director of Product
Management at Gigamon


Now that Cisco Live Orlando has come and gone and we’re gearing up for VMworld, we’re seeing even more attention being paid to virtualization given the interest in software defined networks (SDN) and data centers (SDDC). So, virtualization remains hot and with around 60 percent of all applications running in virtualized environments according to some studies, we shouldn’t be surprised that there are even summer camps being offered around the subject (I’m not kidding). I feel like 2013 is the Summer of Virtualization!
That being said, it makes sense to let you know how Gigamon is continuing to address the visibility challenges being experienced by organizations utilizing virtualized environments.  On the first day of the Cisco Live World of Solutions expo we announced GigaVUE-VM 2.0. If you’re not familiar with our GigaVUE-VM, it is basically a virtual instance of one of our Visibility Fabric nodes. Because traffic between virtual machines may be switched locally, it will never traverse the physical network, rendering existing monitoring and analysis tools blind to this virtual traffic.  The GigaVUE-VM fabric node provides that packet-level visibility into the virtualized server world.
One of the dynamic things about the 2.0 update in addition to exposing inter-VM traffic flowing within a physical host and across physical hosts is that GigaVUE-VM now supports Cisco’s Nexus 1000V virtual switch as well as VMware’s vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS). GigaVUE-VM works with these virtual switches to abstract copies of the packets before intelligently filtering and forwarding the packets to the management, security, and monitoring tools that require packet-level visibility, such as application and network performance monitoring tools and intrusion detection systems.
Perhaps even more exciting is that GigaVUE-VM 2.0 has the ability to automatically reconfigure Gigamon’s Visibility FabricTM architecture and migrate monitoring policies to maintain continuous visibility when a virtual machine vMotion event occurs. Essentially, GigaVUE-VM preserves visibility into the traffic flowing between VMs even after that VM moves from one physical host to another for what we call “visibility in motion.”
What’s so significant about this function is that without the ability to automatically migrate the monitoring policies, visibility that had been configured would be lost once the vMotion occurs and would require manual reconciliation which very well could be arduous given the agile virtual infrastructures of today.
For even more information, check out our white paper,
Visibility into the Cloud and Virtualized Data Center”.
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Big Data and Intelligent Visibility: Just Give Me the Information That’s Important to Me

by: Paul Hooper, Gigamon CEO
Thirty-one thousand text messages in one month. One can only describe that as startling. Coming from the generation that preceded the texting-era, this seems like an incredible volume of communications that my two daughters managed to accomplish between them in a 30 day period. Downloading the full detail records from the service provider resulted in 96 pages of mobile numbers that really provided little value or context to understand how or why they achieved this milestone. As a father, all I really wanted was a list of any text messages that originated or were destined for a mobile device owned by a boy that contained the word “love” in the message.   
Ironically, this small and personal example represents one of the larger challenges facing businesses today. The volume of information that is created and required by most Enterprises is spiraling ahead of any expectations that we may have had in the years gone by. With end-user devices continuing to increase in capacity, with enterprise networks accelerating up the performance curve, and with the rapid growth in the reach and raw-speed of the mobile communications infrastructure, businesses, employees and in my case, family members, have an ever increasing demand and ability to consume and share information. 
With this scale and growth in the demand for information, the ability to identify the material details from the immaterial represents one of the hallmarks of an agile business. As the volume of reports, information and detail around and within the business grows, the smart money is on the organization that can leverage their ability to identity the material details within a mountain of data to enable faster reaction to changes within their own four-walls or the larger market, and also to recognize how to monetize new opportunities or inflections that are recognized within the broader market. 
And so, as information continues to scale in volume and performance, visibility into the information needs to become increasingly smarter and more intelligent. With applied intelligence into how the organization looks at information, the more responsive, more capable and potentially, more successful the organization will become. We have seen this proven out many times in the world around us and in many ways we see it within our personal lives. Watching live TV through channel-surfing is a bygone of a previous era; today we specifically identify and select what we believe is relevant and focus our few entertainment ours on the programs that are most relevant to our watching requires. Although some strides have been made within the residential market, intelligent visibility into the information, traffic and data is an aspirational vision for many organizations. 
We live in exciting times. We live in a very connected, and very communication-orientated world. The accelerating growth curve ahead for information creation and dissemination is clear. The need for intelligent visibility into that information has never been more obvious.