Gigamon has extended its line of network monitoring appliances with the release of the compact GigaVUE HD4 system.
The HD$ is essentially a smaller version of the company's GigaVUE HD8. The hardware footprint of the new platform is just five rack units, compared to the HD8's 14.
The smaller design allows the H-series to fit in to a wider range of businesses and operating environments than before, Mike Valladao, Gigamon senior product manager, told V3.
"In some cases, a 14RU chassis is just too big for people," he explained.
"This is a much smaller form factor, which allows it to go into places that have tighter restrictions."
Valladao said that in addition to physical space limitations, the HD4 could also appeal to rapidly growing environments, such as telecom providers who are struggling to keep up with the increased data loads brought by wireless broadband growth.
The hardware release comes amid a larger overhaul of the company's network management offerings.
Gigamon also recently updated its software platform to provide an improved graphical interface which is better equipped for large deployments with hundreds of active ports.
The update, said Valladao reflects what Gigamon sees as a change in the nature of networking and the evolution of the company's own role in monitoring traffic.
"It is about providing the visibility to all of those different tools, regardless of the number of ports."
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