Gigamon Releases Entry-Level Data Access Switch for Enterprise Networks and Data Centers

GigaVUE-212 aggregates, multicasts, filters, and divides traffic flows across multiple passive monitoring tools in reduced port-count implementations

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Gigamon has released its new entry-level data access switch, the GigaVUE-212, a modular packet-aware device that aggregates, multicasts, filters, and divides traffic flows across multiple passive monitoring tools. The new product provides much of the same functionality as Gigamon's GigaVUE-420 and GigaVUE-2404 platforms but at a much lower cost and for implementations where fewer ports are needed.

At an entry-level rate of $12,995, the switch supports eight 1GE ports and two 10GE ports with an optional expansion module for support of another four 1GE ports. The GigaVUE-212 is ideal for data centers and enterprises that require a low-cost option to enhance their network monitoring for the first time or that have areas of their networks where they need lower port counts to support comprehensive monitoring.

With support for plug-in of multiple out-of-band tools, the GigaVUE-212 enables enterprises and data centers to connect any tool to any data stream unobtrusively while enabling aggregation, multicasting, filtering, and load balancing of multiple data streams. By integrating the GigaVUE-212 switch into their networks, data centers, and enterprises can achieve immediate return on investment (ROI) by consolidating distributed tools and reducing management expense.

Additionally, the GigaVUE-212 provides for measurement of time-sensitive protocols and quality of service (QoS), a reduction in packet loss to improve monitoring fidelity, and support for continuous monitoring and scalable growth with hot-swap modules.

According to Gigamon chief technology officer Patrick Leong, "With Gigamon's technology, nearly any number of traffic sources may be aggregated, filtered, and distributed to one or more monitoring tools at any speed."

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