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JDSU and Gigamon Team on Network Visibility and Automation

By Laura Stotler June 08, 2015

In a major move toward software defined networking (SDN) as well as network visibility and automation, Gigamon and JDSU have announced a new partnership and integration. JDSU is developing closed loop integration plugins for Gigamon’s Software Defined Visibility Framework.

The Gigamon solution is part of the company’s larger Unified Visibility Fabric and enables enterprise customers, MSPs and security and equipment vendors to control and program the Visibility Fabric. This will be achieved through REST-based APIs from JDSU, which specializes in development, optimization and automation of optical networking solutions.

JDSU plans to use adaptive packet filtering capabilities from Gigamon to provide session-based filtering, including the ability to dynamically drop streaming traffic like Netflix or YouTube. The result is reduced demand on the storage capacity of monitoring appliances, freeing up resources for other tasks. The Gigamon Visibility Fabric also facilitates selective filtering of IPv4 and IPv6 traffic to aid network administrators as they make the migration to IPv6.

The companies will also be working together to reduce customers’ mean time to resolution. Gigamon flow mapping meta data and network neighbor discovery information will help network admins evaluate incidents more effectively as well as isolate incidents to specific parts of the network infrastructure.

"We are excited to be working with Gigamon to integrate with APIs that support Software Defined Visibility," said Charles Thompson, senior director, product line management for JDSU. "With this integration, we envision a multitude of possibilities where our customers can automate traffic visibility, so that they can focus their resources on other mission-critical activities." 

"Not only is JDSU at the forefront of adoption, they are validating the market need for pervasive and active visibility,” added Ananda Rajagopal, VP of product line management at Gigamon. “Their API-based development demonstrates the true power and flexibility that a programmatic framework can provide to quickly and automatically react to changes in network conditions."

The companies announced the joint initiative at Cisco Live, the company’s communications event taking place in San Diego this week. The year’s event is focusing on SDN as well as the cloud, collaboration, data center and mobility issues, network infrastructure and security.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

NFVZone Contributing Editor

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