Gigamon 212 Cost and Configuration

How Much Does Gigamon Cost?

Gigamon, whose switches replicate data and distribute it to various network monitoring tools, now offers the Giga VUE-212, with an SME price target. It features both 1Gbps and 10Gbps ports to isolate replicated network traffic. Monitoring tools include performance monitoring, intrusion detection or protocol analysis. While similar to Gigamon’s Giga VUE-2404 and VUE-420, the 212 has a starting cost of $12,995.

Gigamon 212 Configuration

The 212 comes with two 10Gb ports and eight 1Gb ports, versus the 420’s four 10Gb/ 20 1Gb configuration. The 2404’s 24 10Gb/four 1Gb configuration is standard. The 212 is suited for growing data centers that may need 10Gb capacity but still maintain 1Gb monitoring tools. “We’ve seen it many times, People just built out a data center and they just spent $50 million on that. The next thing they know, the operations manager says, ‘Oh my, I only have 1 gig tools and this is a brand new 10 gig network; what do I do?'” Jablonski said.

The 212 is also coupled with Gigamon’s GigaSMART software portfolio. This offers time stamping, network port-labeling, slicing, masking and other tasks that improve the efficiency of data monitoring with minimal increase in latency. Even with as many as 4,000 data filters operating, the Gigamon platform adds only 6.7 microseconds or less of latency. There are limitations to the 212 model versus the 420 and the 2404, but the 212 can be connected to the larger capacity models. “The only thing we’re giving up on the 212 is scalability,” he said. “You can’t expand on it, but of course we’ve overcome that by allowing you to uplink to the bigger switch.”