How to Get Multi‐Tenant Traffic Visibility for OpenStack Cloud Infrastructures

Are you deploying OpenStack environments? If yes, then you’ve got an opportunity to make some improvements. Traffic analysis for these multi‐tenant workloads has proven challenging due to a lack of a traditional monitoring capability.

Whether it’s service providers deploying virtual network functions (VNFs) or large enterprises deploying IaaS capabilities, performance monitoring and security are paramount to being able to optimize availability and identify security risks. The foundation to all that is visibility, and, as a result, many organizations are actively seeking solutions that extend their security and monitoring infrastructure into their private clouds.

At the OpenStack Summit in Austin last April we demonstrated integrations with two of our partners’ products: RSA Security Analytics and Viavi xSIGHT Virtualized Assurance solutions. We showed how we work together to provide pervasive traffic visibility for OpenStack private cloud and NFV (network function virtualization) deployments.

In a nutshell, the solutions make the following possible for OpenStack deployments.

Heightened visibility and security

By leveraging Gigamon’s GigaVUE‐VM, RSA Security Analytics can provide extended visibility, threat detection, and response capabilities across both physical and cloud‐based environments using OpenStack.

The coupling of both solutions lets you share threat analysis and detection across the enterprise and remove blind spots as they extend into the cloud—without investing in additional security monitoring tools.

Figure 1. The RSA Security Analytics–GigaVUE-FM solution for tenant visibility. (Click image for larger size.)

Figure 1. The RSA Security Analytics–GigaVUE-FM solution for tenant visibility. (Click image for larger size.)

Improved customer experience

With Viavi xSIGHT Virtualized Assurance solutions and GigaVUE‐VM, mobile service providers get visibility‐enabled performance management and customer experience assurance across their entire network. The combined solution offers SLA monitoring and compliance for applications that have migrated onto OpenStack, as well as analysis and troubleshooting of network and subscriber traffic for mobile operators.

Again, this clearly shows the operational and financial benefits of leveraging existing monitoring tools and policies by extending their visibility into the OpenStack environment.

Figure 2. Viavi xSIGHT Virtualized Assurance–GigaVUE-VM solution architecture. (Click image for larger size.)

Figure 2. Viavi xSIGHT Virtualized Assurance–GigaVUE-VM solution architecture. (Click image for larger size.)

Quicker OpenStack deployments

Gigamon is the first and only company to offer a traffic visibility solution for OpenStack cloud environments. By working with RSA and Viavi—market leaders in security monitoring and performance management, respectively—to ingest and analyze OpenStack traffic, we’re able to accelerate adoption and expansion of OpenStack deployments. This partnership lets us remove some of the most prevalent concerns about how to operationalize these installations.

The Gigamon solution can also bring private cloud visibility to the tools you are using for your existing infrastructure, extending your reach to traffic that was previously invisible to you.

By extending the Gigamon Visibility Fabric™ to OpenStack environments, you can embrace this new “open” cloud platform by ensuring that the new infrastructure, applications, and virtualized network functions can be monitored and optimized.

To learn more, download the solution brief, “Tenant Traffic Visibility for OpenStack/KVM Powered Clouds.” And you can always contact your Gigamon representative for more information.

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