Gigamon Enables Cost-effective Monitoring Solution for Large Diversified Company

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Published on July 7, 2009

Author: gigamonster

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Challenge
• Slash the cost and complexity of the network performance management infrastructure
Solution
• GigaVUE data access switch from Gigamon
Benefits
• Increased tool efficiency with immediate
return on investment
• Aggregate traffic from multiple TAPs and deliver it to centralized tools
• Ensure secure access and meet privacy
compliance
• Connect and disconnect tools at will with out of band network

Case Study: Gigamon Enables Cost-effective Monitoring Solution for Large Diversified Company Challenge Headquartered in Canada, this company consists of a growing net- • Slash the cost and complexity of the work of interrelated businesses with more than 1,100 general mer- network performance management chandise and apparel retail stores and gas stations, in addition to a infrastructure major financial services provider and a federally chartered bank. Solution Challenge • GigaVUE data access switch from With a large, nationwide network, efficient performance monitoring Gigamon and troubleshooting was critical for this diversified company. The Network Department had begun implementing a distributed moni- Benefits toring solution that included probes and sniffers. • Increased tool efficiency with imme- diate return on investment While the distributed probes and TAPs would provide network- • Aggregate traffic from multiple TAPs ing staff with the performance data they needed, it was also a very and deliver it to centralized tools costly monitoring architecture. One probe was needed for every • Ensure secure access and meet pri- two TAPs. To provide complete coverage, the company would need vacy compliance to invest in a significant number of expensive probes, which would • Connect and disconnect tools at will have to be managed by a staff that was already stretched thin. with out of band network In addition to probes, the company had also invested in several sniffers for network and application troubleshooting. Again, the “Network engineers have never tool was effective, but each monitoring session required technicians had anything like this before. With to unplug the cable from the previously monitored link and recon- the ability to aggregate, filter nect it to the current link being monitored. packets, and replicate customized data streams to any tool, the Giga- The company needed to find a more cost-effective way to deploy its VUE gives network engineers new network probes, and a more convenient, secure method of access- ing data streams using the sniffer. power to manage their networks with less cost and fewer disrup- Solution tions” Then the Networking Department discovered the GigaVUE Data Access Switch from Gigamon. GigaVUE simplifies the deployment -Tom Gallatin and use of multiple monitoring tools in networks, providing secure Co-Founder replication, filtering—and most importantly for the company’s Gigamon technical staff—aggregation of critical network traffic. GigaVUE enabled full network visibility to all categories of passive monitor- ing tools at a reduced cost. Corporate Headquarters 736 South Hillview Dr. Milpitas, CA ,95035 Tel: 408.263.2022 Fax 408.263.2023 www.gigamon.com Copyright © 2009 all rights reserved June 2009

Based on initial research, the technical staff conducted a trial of the GigaVUE [2404 high-density] Data Access Switch, which proved a resounding success. The company decided to initially deploy three GigaVUE Data Access Switch- es—one for a test environment and two for the production network. Additional GigaVUE Data Access Switches are expected to be deployed in the near future. Benefits Without Gigamon, one probe was needed for every two TAPs. With Gigamon, each GigaVUE chassis aggregates data from multiple TAPs. This enables each probe to support up to 12 TAPs, reducing the number of probes required by as much as 87 percent. The company estimates a savings of $120,000—a day one return on investment. GigaVUE gives networking staff flexibility in connecting and disconnecting probes and sniffers remotely in a production environment without touching a wire or leaving their desks. The solution streamlines network operation by dramatically reducing the need for change management and scheduling mainte- nance windows. With financial data traversing the network on a regular basis, unplugging and plugging sniffers into unsecured TAP monitor ports as needed (i.e., “crash cart” troubleshooting) posed a potential security risk as well as a compliance issue. GigaVUE provides a highly secure solution that confines tools to a central- ized location with controlled access. Sniffer cables are “always connected” and specific data is selected through the GigaVUE configuration. GigaVUE has enabled this company to do more with less, reducing the cost and complexity of its network monitoring infrastructure. Simplified manage- ment has allowed staff to focus more effort on managing the network and less on managing the tools, which translates into improved network uptime, perfor- mance and higher customer satisfaction. About Gigamon Gigamon is the inventor and leading provider of Data-Access Switches. Its flagship product, GigaVUE®, can replicate packets from one span or TAP to many tools to solve the span port sharing problem. It also can aggregate and intelligently filter packets from many spans or TAPs to one or multiple tools to solve the problem of monitoring flows across complex mesh topologies and virtual networks. GigaVUE® facilitates unobtrusive parallel tool deployment with network-wide coverage, significantly reducing customers’ capital budgets. Corporate Headquarters 736 South Hillview Dr. Milpitas, CA ,95035 Tel: 408.263.2022 Fax 408.263.2023 www.gigamon.com Copyright © 2009 all rights reserved June 2009

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