Big Switch Networks Releases Big Tap Monitoring Fabric 4.5 – Next-Gen Network Packet Broker for Pervasive Security and Visibility

New release delivers inline and flow-generation capabilities for pervasive and scalable security monitoring as well as improved visibility of network traffic at ultra-low cost

SANTA CLARA, CA - May 5, 2015 - Big Switch Networks®, the leader in bringing hyperscale networking to data centers worldwide, today announced the availability of Big Tap™ Monitoring Fabric 4.5, a next–generation Network Packet Broker (NPB). Big Tap is a modern 1G/10G/40G network visibility fabric that leverages software defined networking (SDN) principles and high-performance ODM or Dell Open Networking switches to provide scalable data center wide monitoring at ultra-low cost. Big Tap 4.5 closes the feature gap with traditional NPBs by providing pervasive security monitoring and visibility features, including inline/out-of-band deployment, flow-level granularity, and advanced analytics.

Big Tap 4.5 includes the following features:

  • In-line deployment mode, in addition to out-of-band (enablement of DMZ deployment)

  • Service chaining with in-line mode (allows multiple security tools to be processed in a chain, as specified by user-defined policy)

  • sFlow generation (centrally configured flow generation on monitoring fabric)

  • Enhanced visibility for security (DNS tracking, DHCP tracking)

  • Deeper matching for encapsulated packets (e.g., MPLS, GRE, VxLAN, GTP, SCTP)

  • Configurable hash setting for granular load balancing of tools (allows tool elasticity)

“With the release of Big Tap 4.5, we add the ability to interoperate with more partner products, giving the end user comprehensive monitoring and security capabilities they desire, all while providing huge CapEx and OpEx reductions,” said Prashant Gandhi, Vice President of Product Management and Strategy at Big Switch. “With Big Tap’s high-value SDN software powering open, high-performance Ethernet switches, customers can now combat cyber threats in a pervasive manner while future-proofing their monitoring infrastructure for scale and programmability.”

Big Tap 4.5 provides interoperability with several of our partner products to offer joint solutions:

  • A10 Networks: Big Tap 4.5 enables admins to easily deploy and manage A10 security tools for DDoS protection and SSL Insight in in-line mode at the DMZ network.

  • Blue Coat: The joint solution provides complete visibility into SSL encrypted in-line traffic, while also enabling analysis of the traffic offline for detecting malware.

  • Cyphort: Big Tap’s deep, enterprise-wide monitoring capabilities with Cyphort’s distributed software approach delivers pervasive threat detection.

  • ExtraHop: Big Tap interoperates with ExtraHop’s products to achieve granular and scalable application monitoring and deeper data analytics.

  • InMon: The joint solution with InMon enables real-time and pervasive flow-level visibility into the production network.

Expanded Switch Hardware Support: The 4.5 release also supports Dell Open Networking switches, now including the S4048-ON, a Broadcom Trident-II based switch with 48x10G and 6x40G interfaces and the Dell S6000 – a Trident-II based 32x40G switch that was already supported in the earlier release, including support for break-out cables. Customers can now build dense 1G/10G/40G monitoring fabrics with britebox switches from Dell (S4048 and S6000) or with ODM whitebox switches from Accton.

Supporting Quotes:

"Continuous cyber attacks coupled with SSL encrypted traffic create a challenging environment for SecOps,” said Rene Paap, Product Marketing Manager of A10 Networks. “A10’s high-performance Thunder TPS for DDoS Protection and Thunder ADC SSL Insight provide customers comprehensive threat protection and traffic visibility.  Deploying both these products in DMZ with Big Tap inline mode will enable operational simplicity and flexibility through policy-based service chaining as well as granular SDN-based controls."

"As manufacturer of highly reliable, standards based switches used in Big Switch's SDN fabric solutions, Accton continues to be a key market and technology partner with Big Switch," said George Tchaparian, CEO of Edge-Core Networks Corporation, and GM Data Center Networks of Accton Technology Corporation. "We are pleased that our Edge-Core data center switches support Big Switch's push for open, economical, and reliable SDN solutions that enable rapid provisioning for new applications.”

"Attackers are applying advanced threat vectors to penetrate organizations that deploy selective monitoring due to ultra high cost. Together the Cyphort advanced threat detection platform and Big Switch Networks Big Tap Monitoring Fabric provide an ability to ensure all network traffic is being analyzed for threats with simplicity and cost efficiency,” said Jeremy Carlson, Sr. Director Business Development of Cyphort.

"Ensuring the performance, availability and security of today's increasingly distributed and elastic networks and applications requires a highly scalable, data-driven approach,” said Erik Giesa, SVP of Marketing and Business Development at ExtraHop. “The ExtraHop partnership with Big Switch has resulted in a unique and affordable solution combining the flexibility, scale and SDN controls of Big Tap with our wire data analytics for real-time, correlated visibility across the software-defined data center.”

“Pervasive flow-level visibility is becoming critical for both security and network performance monitoring,” said Peter Phaal, co-founder & President, InMon. "We are excited to partner with Big Switch to enable standards-based sFlow on SDN-based Big Tap Monitoring Fabric leveraging commodity switches.  Additionally, fabric-wide programmability enabled by the Big Tap controller provides customers with an ability to rapidly react to network issues detected by the InMon sFlow Collector tool.”

“Addressing application performance challenges for hybrid IT environments requires a holistic view of the network traffic as well as application performance,” said Katie Colbert, VP Global Technology Alliances at Riverbed. “Together through the Riverbed-Ready Technology Alliance, Riverbed SteelCentral solutions, and Big Tap Monitoring Fabric provide an SDN-driven, scalable, and economical approach for proactive, enterprise-class end-user, application, and network performance management. With SteelCentral, our joint solution will give enterprises the visibility, analytics, and insight needed to leverage IT to reduce the time and effort required to develop, deploy, and ensure application performance in today’s application-driven hybrid world.”

“The availability of relatively mature network monitoring features implemented via an SDN deployment using open networking switches indeed represents a new approach in the Network Packet Broker category,” said Rohit Mehra, VP Network Infrastructure, IDC. “This latest release of Big Tap Monitoring Fabric represents a key step forward for Big Switch, as the solution delivers additional capabilities to an innovative next-generation packet broker solution."

To Learn More:

Big Tap Monitoring Fabric product page - HERE

Webinar on May 12, 2015 - HERE

Security use case on Big Tap Inline: DMZ Security Tool Chaining: HERE

Downloadable white paper - HERE

Data Sheet for Big Tap 4.5 - HERE

Launch Blog Post by Big Switch’s VP Product Management, Prashant Gandhi - HERE

 

About Big Switch Networks®

Big Switch Networks is the market leader in bringing hyperscale data center networking technologies to a broader audience. The company is taking three key hyperscale technologies -- open Ethernet switch hardware, sophisticated SDN control software, and core-and-pod data center designs -- and leveraging them in fit-for-purpose products designed for use in enterprises, cloud providers, and service providers. The company's Big Tap Monitoring Fabric is an advanced SDN fabric solution to monitor existing networks, and Big Cloud Fabric is the industry's most advanced bare metal switching fabric intended for new data center pods such as private cloud, big data, and VDI. For additional information, email info@bigswitch.com, follow @bigswitch, or visit www.bigswitch.com.

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