Big Switch unveils BigSecure Architecture

Wednesday 7 December 2016 | 07:26 CET | News

US data centre networking company Big Switch Networks made significant updates to its SDN-based Big Monitoring Fabric (Big Mon) product line. The company is introducing BigSecure Architecture, a cyber-defense platform that enables Terabit attack mitigation. The company is also extending Pervasive Visibility use cases for cloud-native application traffic, which includes dynamic monitoring of VM, Containers and Public Cloud environments.

Big Switch’s BigSecure Architecture enables existing security tools to leverage an externalised elastic attack mitigation infrastructure consisting of the underlying network and a pool of x86-based compute resources. Specifically, the BigSecure Architecture includes Big Monitoring Fabric, Big Monitoring Fabric Service Node, NFV Tool Farm, Security Tools and Open Hardware.

In addition to Terabit-scale mitigation, BigSecure Architecture also exports flow telemetry (NetFlow, sFlow) of network traffic to anomaly-detection/traffic visibility systems, which provide the ability to detect, classify, and traceback a variety of attacks.

Big Switch pioneered the “monitor every rack” use case for comprehensive east-west traffic monitoring of bare-metal and VM traffic at affordable price points. With this release, Big Switch introduces capabilities in Big Monitoring Fabric, namely Dynamic VM monitoring, container monitoring and public cloud monitoring.

Big Monitoring Fabric is a network packet broker (NPB) that leverages SDN principles, Open Networking switches and a high-performance x86-based DPDK service node. The company announced the availability of the beta version of Big Monitoring Fabric Release 6.0 which includes 160G service node; netflow generation service; packet masking service; header decapsulation service; analytics 2.0 with top users, top apps, triggers and custom reports; support for Dell EMC open networking switches as well as support for Edgecore Networks open networking switches. Big Monitoring Fabric Release 6.0 is currently in beta and will be generally available in Q1, 2017.

Big Switch Networks also partnered with A10 Networks to create a platform for DDoS attack detection across the entire data centre.

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