New Splunk App Provides Deep‐Dive Insights into the Gigamon Visibility Fabric

Gigamon recently debuted the Gigamon Visibility App for Splunk that was designed with a singular goal in mind—to enable the collection, storage, visualization, and analysis of Gigamon Visibility Fabric™ health and analytics data in Splunk. This essential app provides full visibility and reporting across an entire Gigamon environment.

Splunk turns machine data into valuable insights no matter what business you’re in,” according to the company. “It’s what we call Operational Intelligence. Operational Intelligence gives you a real‐time understanding of what’s happening across your IT systems and technology infrastructure so you can make informed decisions.”*

According to Emilio Umeoka, Vice President of Worldwide Partners at Splunk, “Having a Gigamon Visibility App for Splunk helps ensure that IT operations get deeper insights across their Gigamon environment for increased security and operational performance of their networks.”

Increased security and performance—there’s an app for that

Speaking to Gigamon customers, it was clear a large number of them also utilize Splunk’s solutions and realize great benefits from them. The synergies between the two were very apparent, and the idea for the Visibility App for Splunk was born,” says Sesh Sayani, Director of Product Management, Virtualization, and Fabric Management at Gigamon.

Figure 1: Visualize the policies and sources of traffic that trigger KPIs and alerts within Splunk with the new Gigamon Visibility App for Splunk.

Figure 1: Visualize the policies and sources of traffic that trigger KPIs and alerts within Splunk with the new Gigamon Visibility App for Splunk.

Available as a free download from the Splunk app store, this powerful new tool sources Visibility Fabric analytics data via open REST APIs from GigaVUE‐FM, then visualizes this critical information in Splunk dashboards, including:

  • Health and inventory of the Visibility Fabric (including nodes, clusters, port types, and statuses)
  • Port and Traffic Policy/Map properties and statistics (including top ports, packet rate, discards, etc.)
  • GigaSMART® operation statistics
  • System and audit events
  • Syslog notifications

The Gigamon Visibility App for Splunk is an excellent example of technologies that help bridge the NetOps and SecOps divide.”
- Dan Conde, Analyst at ESG

Additionally, in multi‐vendor best‐of‐breed security environments with Splunk, organizations can use third‐party vendor appliances to trigger security alerts based on KPIs or signatures. The Visibility App can then be used to visualize the policies and source of the traffic that triggered these alerts. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2: Use third-party appliances to trigger alerts, then use the Visibility App to diagnose and cure the problem.

Figure 2: Use third‐party appliances to trigger alerts, then use the Visibility App to diagnose and cure the problem.

Key benefits of the Gigamon Visibility App include:

  • Increased synergy between SecOps and NetOps
  • Increased OPEX savings
  • Reduced MTTR (mean time to resolution)
  • Simplified audit and compliance processes

Hear it from the experts

For more on the Gigamon Visibility App for Splunk, read “Extending Operational Intelligence for GigaSECURE® with Gigamon Visibility App for Splunk,” a new blog post by Sesh Sayani. Please be sure to watch the companion video below:

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* “Turn Machine Data into Insights to See into Your Business & IT Systems.” Splunk. Accessed October 22, 2015. http://www.splunk.com/en_us/resources/operational-intelligence.html.

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