Big Switch Networks is excited to announce general availability of the Big Tap Monitoring Fabric Release 3.0 – production-grade SDN solution on commodity bare-metal switches. This release further enhances deployment flexibility, simplifies policy management and fabric operations and enables a much higher scale as our customers broaden deployments to hundreds of tap & span ports per data center to meet their growing monitoring needs.
This blog highlights Release 3.0 features and benefits and also lists several customer use cases. For background on the Big Tap Monitoring Fabric solution, please see the earlier blog: Next-Generation Monitoring Fabrics based on Bare-metal SDN.
Release 3.0 Features and Benefits
Started as an R&D project with one of the world’s largest data center operators in 2012, the Big Tap Monitoring Fabric has become the first production-grade SDN solution for customers. With this latest software release, we continue the tradition of close collaboration with our customers and partners to drive feature requirements and use cases.
Below are the key highlights of Big Tap Monitoring Fabric, Release 3.0:
Customer Use Cases
Simplicity, versatility, scale as well as cost efficiency of the Big Tap Monitoring Fabric solution are enabling increasingly broader set of use cases in both enterprise and service provider environments.
1. Data Center Troubleshooting and the 1GE to 10GE Transition: Due to multi-core servers, virtualization and cloud computing, most data center operators are migrating their 1G data center infrastructure (taps included) to 10G. With Big Tap Monitoring Fabric, data center operators are able to not only deploy a cost-effective, next-generation monitoring infrastructure that supports 1G, 10G and 40G but also provide investment protection for existing 1G tools.
2. Tap Sharing in Multi-Tenant Environments: To bring agility and reduce cost, IT organizations are now architecting a shared monitoring infrastructure across multiple operations teams. Big Tap solution is architected for multi-tenancy from the ground-up, with fine-grain role based access control (RBAC). IT can allow least-privilege (need-to-know) access to different teams so they can independently create policies on the Big Tap Controller via GUI/CLI or programmatically via REST APIs. Big Tap Controller’s policy engine has the intelligence to resolve overlapping policies.
3. Monitoring of 4G/LTE Networks: With tremendous growth of 4G/LTE networks, Mobile operators have a challenge in deploying scalable, multi-tenant and cost-effective monitoring solution in mobile packet core. Tap or SPAN traffic emanates from Service Gateways (S-GWs), Packet Data Network Gateways (P-GW), inter-GW links as well as SGi interfaces. With Big Tap Monitoring Fabric, mobile operators can gain the needed visibility across the entire packet data network for trouble shooting, SLA measurements, bearer-level compliance, lawful intercepts, and auditing.
Risk-free SDN & Bare Metal Switching
Many IT organizations are looking to showcase SDN and bare metal switching. They see the Big Tap Monitoring Fabric solution as an ideal (risk-free) starting point where they can gain hands-on experience with bare metal switches and an SDN controller-based architecture. Not only are they driving innovation into their organizations, but they are also bringing additional benefits of cost savings, flexibility and simplification to their monitoring environments.
For additional details on the use case and solutions, please download our white papers. To learn more about the Big Tap Monitoring Fabric solution or request a lab trial, please email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
--Prashant Gandhi, Big Switch VP of Product Management