Creating Visibility into Your Cloud and Virtualized Data Center

As your business and IT models evolve. learn the key considerations around visibility into a cloud and virtualized data center platform.

Bill Kleyman

April 23, 2014

2 Min Read
Creating Visibility into Your Cloud and Virtualized Data Center

The data center platform  has had to evolve to accommodate an ever-evolving enterprise. As business needs change, the data center model has had to adapt to great density requirements. Multi-tenant cloud infrastructures have become the norm and even more is being expected from your IT infrastructure.

To help with the influx of data, traffic, users, and new workloads – the data center model has truly adapted the virtualization platform. Now, we have powerful virtual machines and abstraction technologies capable of pooling all types of resources. Here’s the reality for the modern data center: Virtualization offers compelling benefits.

This white paper from Gigamon examines the components of the modern data center as it incorporates both cloud and virtualization technologies.

The financial justification comes from maximizing capacity utilization by hosting more and more VMs on a single piece of hardware thereby enabling cost savings, management flexibility, and business agility—to name just a few. With a literal click of a button a new server can be deployed and be in production in minutes, often at no hard cost to the organization. However, the dynamic nature of server virtualization also makes it more difficult to protect, predict, and monitor the performance and security of a server or application bringing the following questions to the forefront:

  • With more and more of IT infrastructures moving to virtualization, what are the implications for network, application, and security monitoring systems?

  • Do these systems have visibility of application and network traffic to provide the monitoring capabilities that they have been designed for?

This white paper analyzes the modern data center's elements -- both cloud and virtualization technologies. The conversation revolves around the key network, VM migration, and virtual data enter controls which require new levels of direct visibility.

For example, the GigaVUE-VM Visibility Fabric node addresses these critical virtual network visibility requirements by providing an intelligent filtering technology allowing specific inter-VM traffic flows of interest to be selected, forwarded, and delivered to the appropriate monitoring, analysis, or security devices. Here’s the really cool part – this cloud and virtual data center visibility platform can dive even deeper!

Download this white paper today to learn about the emerging cloud and virtual data center model – and how you can effectively monitor this type of infrastructure. As the paper outlines, the idea is to create a powerful unified visibility fabric architecture which incorporates:

  • The Services Tier

  • The Management Tier

  • The Orchestration Tier

  • The Application Tier

As your organization and data center continue to evolve – it will be critical for you to keep a proactive watch around your cloud and virtualized data center platform. This way, you’ll be able to catch issues before they happen - and be able to meet new types of IT as well as business demands.

About the Author(s)

Bill Kleyman

Bill Kleyman has more than 15 years of experience in enterprise technology. He also enjoys writing, blogging, and educating colleagues about tech. His published and referenced work can be found on Data Center Knowledge, AFCOM, ITPro Today, InformationWeek, NetworkComputing, TechTarget, DarkReading, Forbes, CBS Interactive, Slashdot, and more.

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