What is Network Management for the Visibility Layer?

Network Management for the visibility layer needs to address two major needs:

  • 360° visibility of your visibility layer.
  • Easily and intuitively configure the visibility layer devices so that each connected network service gets that traffic that it needs.

Niagara Visibility Controller is an Enterprise-wide unified manager for network visibility.

Whether you are a manager looking for an overview of all of your visibility nodes (network packet brokers, network taps, network bypasses) for your virtual data center, or an engineer looking at the configuration details, the key to addressing the evolving and dynamic needs of the network visibility layer is best described as being seamless.


Computer monitor showing what is a  Network Bypass Switch and how it works for virtual data centers.

360° Visibility and Centralized Management

As the number of visibility nodes increases, it becomes paramount to view a total situation awareness picture of your visibility layer.

This increase is the result of the growing pervasiveness of network visibility and the move from single-device solutions to multi-device solutions and from single site deployments to multi-site deployments. For virtual data centers and other environments, managing each device individually via its dedicated device GUI becomes inefficient.

NVC lets authorized users easily and seamlessly navigate and manage network visibility:

  • -  Visibility Groups - Logical containers of visibility elements tailored to your needs
  •  - Topology and Navigation - 360° view of the network connectivity to single element view
  •  - Granularity - Topology to port status, configurations and device schematics

This three-layered integrated approach enables seamless management of your visibility layer no matter how many nodes you have or what type they are.