VIAVI Introduces, SaaS-Based Network Performance Monitoring for Enterprises

New service supporting enterprise IT transition to the cloud leverages the Observer NPMD solution portfolio and the NITRO intelligence platform

San Jose, Calif., February 13, 2018 VIAVI Solutions (NASDAQ: VIAV) today launched ObserverLIVE, active performance monitoring available as a service, globally. As enterprise IT teams strive to stay ahead of the evolution of their networks and services on premises and in the cloud, and employees connect from anywhere, VIAVI has enhanced its Observer network performance monitoring and diagnostics (NPMD) portfolio with a cloud-enabled, subscription-based service that can be precisely tailored and adapted to dynamic usage models.

Enterprises worldwide are embracing cloud services. In the VIAVI State of the Network survey, approximately 80 percent of respondents said they would be using public or private cloud in 2018, and over half said they would have the majority of their applications in the cloud. In parallel, employees are becoming increasingly mobile — according to, studies show that they are not at their desks over half of the time they are working. This any-to-any networking model leads to loss of visibility and control, increasing IT teams’ challenges in tracking end user experience and SLA enforcement.

In response, VIAVI has leveraged its leadership in NPMD to launch ObserverLIVE, a subscription-based service which actively assesses end user experience in hybrid environments, to ensure users can effectively access and utilize core business applications. ObserverLIVE virtual agents are available to validate critical business application performance globally, supporting the geographic needs of Fortune 1000 enterprises worldwide.

ObserverLIVE tests include:

  • Service responsiveness – monitors availability and end user response times for on-premise and SaaS applications
  • Network performance ­– standards-based testing of network connections, yielding key performance indicators and performance baselines
  • VoIP quality – assesses the quality and consistency of VoIP traffic delivered across public or private end-to-end connections
  • Troubleshooting ­– deployed to end users’ systems on demand to investigate and help resolve performance problems.

In addition to leveraging the Observer technology base, ObserverLIVE is enabled by the VIAVI NITRO real-time intelligence platform, using the same virtual agent technology as previously introduced for service provider networks. ObserverLIVE is the first offering in the NITRO Enterprise category of solutions for enterprise and cloud network performance management.

“The migration of applications to the cloud is forcing IT operations teams to evolve their performance monitoring solutions. Our research has shown that synthetic transaction-based monitoring from products like ObserverLIVE, when combined with packet-based monitoring solutions, can give organizations comprehensive insight into end-user experience regardless of where the application is hosted or the user resides,” said Shamus McGillicuddy, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Management Associates.

“Powered by the real-time intelligence of NITRO Enterprise, ObserverLIVE enables quick and efficient management of end-user experience anywhere, anytime, across hybrid IT environments, which is critical to solving the biggest issues in application and service troubleshooting,” said Douglas Roberts, Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise & Cloud Business Unit, VIAVI Solutions. “As the only vendor offering both traditional and SaaS-based solutions for network performance monitoring and diagnostics, VIAVI excels at helping enterprise IT build a flexible, scalable structure to solve tomorrow’s problems, today.”

Powered by a common development platform that accesses and analyzes data throughout the network, NITRO addresses the challenges of the increasingly complex service lifecycle across physical, virtualized, and hybrid networks, helping network service providers and enterprises reduce costs and deliver new revenue streams while optimizing performance. NITRO allows today’s networks to be managed with less manual intervention and reduced skill sets by increasing the automation of workflows and lifecycles. By feeding real-time data from physical instruments and software virtual agents into a single presentation layer, NITRO helps reduce complexity and increase automation, factors necessary to confidently evolve to future networks.

About VIAVI Solutions
VIAVI (NASDAQ: VIAV) is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions to communications service providers, enterprises and their ecosystems, supported by a worldwide channel community including VIAVI Velocity Solution Partners. We deliver end-to-end visibility across physical, virtual and hybrid networks, enabling customers to optimize connectivity, quality of experience and profitability. VIAVI is also a leader in high performance thin film optical coatings, providing light management solutions to anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, automotive, defense and instrumentation markets. Learn more about VIAVI at VIAVI Solutions. Follow us on VIAVI Perspectives, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.