(19)
(11)EP 3 618 367 A3

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(88)Date of publication A3:
06.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/19

(43)Date of publication A2:
04.03.2020 Bulletin 2020/10

(21)Application number: 19194796.9

(22)Date of filing:  30.08.2019
(51)Int. Cl.: 
H04L 12/46  (2006.01)
H04L 12/24  (2006.01)
H04L 12/803  (2013.01)
H04L 29/08  (2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
KH MA MD TN

(30)Priority: 31.08.2018 US 201816119093

(71)Applicant: Gigamon Inc.
Santa Clara, CA 95054 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • RAO, Anil
    Santa Clara, CA California 95054 (US)

(74)Representative: Dendorfer, Claus et al
Dendorfer & Herrmann Patentanwälte Partnerschaft mbB Neuhauser Straße 47
80331 München
80331 München (DE)

  


(54)ELASTIC MODIFICATION OF APPLICATION INSTANCES IN A NETWORK VISIBILITY INFRASTRUCTURE


(57) Introduced here are network visibility platforms having total processing capacity that can be dynamically varied in response to determining how much network traffic is currently under consideration. A visibility platform can include one or more network appliances, each of which includes at least one instance of an application configured to process data packets. Rather than forward all traffic to a single application instance for processing, the traffic can instead be distributed amongst a pool of application instances to collectively ensure that no data packets are dropped due to over-congestion. Moreover, the visibility platform can be designed such that application instances are elastically added/removed, as necessary, based on the volume of traffic currently under consideration.