Ixia delivers visibility into virtual data center traffic

Staff writer
04 Jan 2017

Ixia has extended the capabilities of CloudLens, Ixia’s recently announced integrated cloud visibility platform, with CloudLens Virtual Packet Broker (vPB).

CloudLens vPB is a software solution that delivers visibility into virtual data center traffic for enterprises leveraging private cloud deployments to support and expand their business.

Monitoring virtual machine (VM) to VM traffic (east-west traffic) in a virtualized data center creates a variety of challenges for IT and network administrators. One of the foremost challenges is the volume and transport of data to security and performance monitoring tools, virtual or physical.

Ixia said the new CloudLens vPB is a packet processor that can be deployed in a virtual infrastructure to aggregate, filter, deduplicate, and distribute virtual traffic to security and performance monitoring tools, such as an intrusion protection, detection or data loss prevention system. This level of processing power typically requires a physical network packet broker appliance, but CloudLens vPB offers these capabilities as a virtual appliance, providing customers with flexibility and ease of deployment in dynamic virtual environments.

Ixia CloudLens vPB can be deployed as an inline device for filtering and packet processing and/or in load balancing scenarios. It can apply filters to incoming traffic, and only send select packets to monitoring tools and systems, thereby reducing load on those systems for improved performance. In addition, CloudLens vPB can apply load balancing rules to traffic targeted to virtual appliances.

In addition to CloudLens vPB, Ixia has launched a new version of the company’s Phantom vTap, which further extends CloudLens’ support for private cloud deployments with enhanced OpenStack integration, Tap-as-a-Service (TaaS), and multi-tenancy.

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