Gigamon Automates Network Traffic Visibility for Rapid Response to Security Threats

Gigamon Automates Network Traffic Visibility for Rapid Response to Security Threats

Gigamon Inc. (NYSE: GIMO), the leader in traffic visibility solutions with its innovative Unified Visibility Fabric(TM), today unveiled Software Defined Visibility - a framework that allows customers, security partners, managed service providers and others to automate detection, reaction and response to threats and programmatically adapt security policies to network changes.

"When you see every packet, you can secure every packet," said Zeus Kerravala, founder and principal analyst of ZK Research. "For this reason, having intelligent traffic visibility is critical in order to provide high security for today's data centers and next-generation enterprises networks."

"Software Defined Visibility is a first of its kind breakthrough. It enables security tools, such as IPSs, WAFs, Secure Web Gateways, Sandboxes and other in-line or out-of-band security appliances to program the Gigamon Visibility Fabric to automatically update traffic Flow Maps and GigaSMART operations based on real-time conditions," said Shehzad Merchant, chief technology officer at Gigamon.  "By enabling the programmability of our Visibility Fabric, customers gain the ability to dynamically adjust and enhance their visibility posture thereby improving security, while reducing costs and network complexities."

Software Defined Visibility - Bringing Automated Security and Visibility Together

Software Defined Visibility is a framework that allows customers, security and network equipment vendors, as well as managed service providers, to control and program Gigamon's Visibility Fabric via REST-based Application Program Interfaces (APIs).  By writing programs that utilize Gigamon's APIs, critical functions previously requiring manual intervention can be automated to improve responsiveness, enhance analysis and increase protection of key resources and information assets. Potential use case examples include:

    --  Improve Security Efficiencies - Security administrators can develop
        applications to improve network detection, reaction and response by
        automating NetFlow generation and SSL decryption so that current
        security appliances are not overtaxed when performing deep packet
        inspection. For example, administrators can use the APIs that program
        the Visibility Fabric to dynamically change the traffic forwarding
        policies in response to threats or anomalous network traffic changes.
    --  Automate Policy Management - As new virtual machines are spun up,
        administrators can write policy management programs that utilize
        Gigamon's APIs to automatically follow new changes within virtual and
        physical networks.
    --  Simplify Provisioning and Ticketing - For many organizations, IT
        Operations Management (ITOM) groups are burdened to manually perform
        common tasks, such as provisioning and ticketing of network port
        configurations, monitoring of new IP subnets and VLANs, and upgrading
        software images. With Software Defined Visibility, ITOM groups can
        develop programs to automate these processes.
Software Defined Visibility - Ideal for Managed Service Providers and Channel Partners

Because MSPs and channel partners have a strong interest in providing their customers with custom capabilities that improve security and reduce costs, Gigamon's Software Defined Visibility creates a flexible foundation for them to create new and innovative ways to exceed service level agreements and customer expectations.  Gigamon has already garnered MSP and channel support for developing custom solutions.

BAI Federal - "BAI Federal has supported the U.S. Government for nearly 40 years. Once you acknowledge that breaches will inevitably occur, it is easy to understand why we must evolve from a defense in depth strategy to continuous monitoring and orchestration. Gigamon's API framework is a huge step forward as it enables the deployment of an active and living security infrastructure that can make decisions on where to focus valuable processing cycles while concurrently orchestrating response," said Ryan Morris, Sr. Director of Operations at BAI Federal.

ePlus - "As an organization driving security solutions into the technology we architect and integrate, ePlus helps organizations proactively control and secure their IT infrastructure thru advanced tools and visibility. Having API integration with Gigamon's Visibility Fabric gives us greater agility and freedom to automate, customize and optimize distributed network architectures and highly virtualized next generation data centers," said Lee Waskevich, Security Practice Director at ePlus.

Software Defined Visibility - Enabled by GigaVUE-FM Fabric Manager

GigaVUE-FM 3.0 Fabric Manager enables Software Defined Visibility.  GigaVUE-FM delivers a single pane-of-glass view of physical and virtual nodes across the Visibility Fabric, while providing an easy-to-use, wizard-based approach for configuring Flow Mapping® and GigaSMART® traffic policies. A single instance of GigaVUE-FM can manage hundreds of visibility nodes across multiple locations, containing more than a quarter of a million physical ports in addition to managing virtual infrastructures.

Flow Mapping technology helps reduce traffic and improve analyzer performance. Flow Mapping is a patented technology at the heart of Gigamon's GigaVUE Visibility Fabric nodes that takes line-rate traffic at 1Gb, 10Gb, 40Gb or 100Gb from a network TAP or a SPAN/mirror port (physical or virtual) and then optimizes flows based on individual traffic profiles of the tools and applications that secure, monitor, and analyze the network infrastructure.

GigaSMART technology extends the intelligence and value of the Gigamon Visibility Fabric architecture by enhancing monitoring infrastructure and improving tool performance.  A suite of applications is available to enable modification, manipulation, transformation, and transport of traffic from the network to the tools and appliances used for management, monitoring and security.


GigaVUE-FM 3.0 is available this quarter from authorized Gigamon channel partners around the world.

About Gigamon

Gigamon provides an intelligent Visibility Fabric(TM) architecture for enterprises, data centers and service providers around the globe. Gigamon's technology empowers infrastructure architects, managers and operators with pervasive and dynamic intelligent visibility of traffic across both physical and virtual environments without affecting the performance or stability of the production network. Through patented technologies and centralized management, the Gigamon GigaVUE portfolio of high availability and high-density products intelligently delivers the appropriate network traffic to management, analysis, compliance and security tools. Gigamon has been designing and building traffic visibility products since 2004 and its solutions are deployed globally across vertical markets including over half of the Fortune 100 and many government and federal agencies. Learn more at, the Gigamon Blog, or follow Gigamon on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

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