Monitoring Fabric

Delivering packets to your analysis tools

Big Monitoring Fabric™ is a next-generation Network Packet Broker (NPB) that’s been designed from the ground up to build a pervasive visibility fabric that addresses the challenges of current NPB-based monitoring solutions. Using an SDN-centric architecture, Big Monitoring Fabric enables scale-out fabric for network-wide monitoring, with a single pane of glass for operational simplicity, and multi-tenancy for multiple IT teams (NetOps, DevOps, SecOps).

Typical Deployment Scenarios:

Scale-out Out-of-Band Monitoring (East-West DC Traffic, Remote DC/Branch Monitoring, Centralized Tool Sharing)
Inline Service Chaining in the DMZ / Extranet (North-South DC Traffic)

Forward the Span Packets from anywhere in your network to your tools


The Big Monitoring Fabric architecture consists of the following components: 

  1. Cluster of SDN-enabled Big Monitoring Fabric Controllers 

  2. White Box or Brite Box Ethernet Switches 

  3. Big Switch Networks' SDN-enabled Switch Light™ OS 

  4. Big Monitoring Fabric Service Node for Advanced Packet Functions

How It Works

Give me the Span / Mirror ports

To integrate Big Monitoring Fabric to your network, 

Big Monitoring Fabric only requires SPAN / Mirror ports from your existing network infrastructure. 

You can have a single or many mirror ports from different locations / switches within your network.

Mirrored traffic will pass to Big Monitoring Fabric Leaf and Spine Fabric. 

Your monitoring and analysis tools can connect to a services leaf switch.

You configure the Big Monitoring Fabric server with policies. you can set policies to choose what kind of traffic should go to which monitoring tool.

In cases where your servers are dual homed to 2 TOR switches, and packets are distributed among these 2 TOR switches, Big Monitoring Fabric can easily help you by collecting all the packets of particular application and forward all of them to your monitoring tool.