Gigamon Solutions Give Top University Critical Network Visibility While Upgrading Infrastructure

Background: Imagine that your customer’s IT department manages tens of thousands of users spread over many acres and a multitude of buildings. Further imagine that your user base constantly turns over and operates 24 hours a day all year long.

Their concerns about security and safety standards are, as always, a top priority but keeping up with this vast scope, providing security and the most up-to-date equipment and software is, to say the least, now an even greater challenge.

This is precisely what network security operations at the University of South Carolina encountered when in the midst of a major infrastructure upgrade from 10Gbps to 100Gbps for roughly 50,000 students and staff across 350 acres. With this surge in traffic, it was paramount to implement a monitoring solution that could keep up.

Required Capabilities:

  • Monitoring infrastructure that could keep up with the increase in traffic
  • Upgrade visibility for optimal security
  • Load balancing across a suite of tools to improve efficiency by weighting traffic delivery to match bandwidth capacity

Solution: The university implemented one GigaVUE-HC2 and one GigaVUE-HC3 series with a GigaSMART® Deduplication module. At a secondary data center, they put in place GigaVUE TA-100 and GigaVUE TA-10 Series solutions to forward aggregated traffic back to the primary data center.

Results: By using the GigaSMART Deduplication module, the university was able to deduplicate packets by a factor of six and cut back by 75 percent on irrelevant traffic to maintain pervasive visibility throughout the network upgrade — a key requirement for the project. Additionally, Gigamon® solutions gave the university the winning edge and a successful upgrade with:

  • Reduced network latency and improved tool utilization
  • Load balancing across data centers to provide critical flexibility

Are these the kinds of results your customers are looking for? Read the full case study for more details on how Gigamon implements the right solutions for complex projects with successful results.

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