Gigamon, VMware Provide a Holistic Data Center Outlook

By Paula Bernier August 26, 2014

Gigamon continues to move forward with its work related to visibility for VMware NSX and software-defined data centers, the company said today at an industry event in San Francisco. And 451 Research analyst Christian Renaud says that Gigamon is the first vendor to work closely with VMware on this front.

“Customers are accelerating adoption of VMware NSX and the software-defined data center, driven by the ability to simultaneously achieve better business agility and improved data center security,” said Hatem Naguib, vice president, networking and security at VMware. “We are working with partners such as Gigamon to help enable customers to leverage the tools in which they have invested time and money by extending the capabilities through the VMware NSX platform. VMware and Gigamon provide customers with holistic active visibility across physical and virtual networks.”

In February, Gigamon talked about how 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. Additionally, it unveiled its NFV for Tools strategy.

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. That will require a broker function to supply the analytic tools with necessary data to be processed or analyzed, Gigamon said at the time, adding it 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,” Ray Mota, managing partner at ACG Research, said earlier this year. “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.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Executive Editor, TMC

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