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Gigamon Announces NFV for Tools

By Paula Bernier February 21, 2014

Improved network management is expected to be a key benefit to service providers as they move to new architectures based on network functions virtualization and software-defined networking technologies. So existing players in the network visibility are obviously keen to carve out their positions in this new world.  

Gigamon is doing just that with the announcement of NFV for Tools.

NFVfT is not a particular product or family of solutions, but rather is the company’s stated approach to network monitoring in highly virtualized service provider environments. That involves using Gigamon’s Visibility Fabric to normalize, filter and forward data in to a storage medium through a virtual demarcation point – using the orchestration layer of the fabric and APIs to discover what tools with what capabilities are available. However, that will require a broker function to supply the analytic tools with necessary data to be processed or analyzed, so Gigamon is working with Vistapointe, which will provide that capability.

“This concept of NFV for tools is a great idea, but could be disruptive for the incumbent vendors if they don’t innovate to keep up. It should help carriers to generate revenue through big data analysis while reducing CAPEX and OPEX and accelerating service deployment,” said Ray Mota, Managing Partner at ACG Research. “The dynamic brokering of big data analytic services will enable carriers to perform analytics on demand and could certainly create an invaluable new model for them to analyze the vast amounts of data on their networks.”

This is important because it’s yet another announcement that signals the rise of both big data and NFV. 

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“Big data is changing the status quo for mobile carriers. The current business model for service providers could become problematic as they fund the rising cost of transporting this data,” said Andy Huckridge, Director of Service Provider Solutions at Gigamon.

“Many service providers have realized the value of the big data in their pipes and are in the process of enabling the monetization of that data. However, this model begins to break down with the legacy analytic tool vendors. The NFV for Tools concept empowers the tools of the future to analyze the bandwidth of the future with the end goal of enabling the monetization of big data.”

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

Executive Editor, TMC

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