Big Switch Networks has announced updates to Big Mon, or Big Monitoring Fabric, a next-generation network packet broker.
The new innovations, Big Mon Recorder Node and Analytics Node, will enable network and security operations teams to capture cloud-native data centre network traffic at scale while providing application-level analytics.
Big Mon Recorder Node allows high-performance packet recording, querying and replay functions, while Big Mon Analytics Node provides network visibility to monitor, discover and troubleshoot network and application performance issues as well as accelerate root cause of security breach discovery.
Big Switch claims these two innovations allow customers to achieve deep network telemetry for both cloud and traditional data centre environments, while also enabling customers to replay past conversations across users and applications. Big Mon can also be extended to multi-cloud environments, including hybrid cloud and public cloud.
Big Switch Networks chief product officer Prashant Gandhi argues, “Big Switch has pioneered the use of cloud-native networking architectures to achieve pervasive network visibility and enhanced network security.”
Gandhi adds, “With the launch of Analytics Node and Recorder Node, Big Switch further distances itself from legacy box-based solutions, offering unmatched network telemetry to achieve root cause analysis, breach mitigation, and faster mean time to resolution.”
A Big Switch Networks customer, The University of Oklahoma, deployed Big Mon nearly two years ago. The University was replacing a legacy NPB solution, and since then, has deployed Big Mon Analytics Node and Recorder Node as well to tackle three challenges: unauthorised application and device sprawl, capacity planning, and threat mitigation.
The University’s managing director of security operations and architecture Aaron Baillio explains, “Analytics Node and Recorder Node have provided us with an efficient, cost-effective and scalable way to address multiple challenges that we faced due to having an open network.”
“Analytics Node together with the packet capture capability of the Recorder Node has allowed us to reinforce security posture by rapid impact analysis and mitigation of compromised user credentials.”
According to Big Switch Networks, Big Mon Recorder Node offers the following benefits to customers:
Additionally, the company claims Analytics Node offers the following benefits: