TechValidate Research on Gigamon

Gigamon Case Study

The Smithsonian Institution


This case study of Smithsonian Institution is based on a July 2020 survey of Gigamon customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“The Gigamon platform helps reduce the cost and sprawl of our tools while optimizing their effectiveness.”

“The Gigamon Visibility and Analytics Fabric is the best product for passively monitoring network traffic.”
Marty Beckman, Smithsonian Institution


The business challenges that led the Smithsonian Institution to evaluate and ultimately select Gigamon:

  • Top reasons the Smithsonian invested in Gigamon solutions:
    • Most complete visibility solution
    • Advanced traffic intelligence, i.e., dedup, masking, decryption, etc.
    • Robust and superior architecture
    • Trusted source of high-fidelity data to feed network detection and response tools
    • Protection from blind spots including within encrypted traffic
    • Single source of visibility across physical, virtual, and cloud environments
  • The Smithsonian Institution invested in Gigamon solutions because they needed to remedy the following challenges:
    • Reliable access to data
    • Tools being overwhelmed with too much traffic
    • Reducing tool sprawl
    • SSL decryption issues
    • Troubleshooting network data
  • The Smithsonian Institution considered the following vendors before selecting Gigamon:
    • Cisco
    • Ixia
    • NetScout
    • Palo Alto Networks

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of Gigamon that the Smithsonian Institution uses:

  • Rates the following Gigamon features and benefits as compared to the competition:
    • Filtering, slicing, and dedup capabilities: best in class
    • Storage cost savings: best in class
    • TLS decryption: significantly better
    • Ability to extend the lifespan of older tools: significantly better
    • Inline bypass: best in class


The Smithsonian Institution achieved the following results with Gigamon:

  • Achieve the following ROI after using Gigamon solutions:
    • Maximized network visibility and performance monitoring
    • Optimized tool utilization by traffic filtering
    • Accelerated threat prevention, detection, and response time
  • Saw ROI with their investment in Gigamon solutions within 6 – 12 months.
  • Gigamon helped with the following during the COVID-19 situation:
    • Overloaded network and security tools
    • Troubleshooting and remediating poor network performance

About This Data

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