Observer GigaStor

The best packet capture and analysis appliance in the industry ensures every network conversation is available for troubleshooting and deep-dive forensic investigations.

The undisputed leader in back-in-time analysis, Observer GigaStor eliminates the time-consuming task of recreating problems for troubleshooting or investigating security issues. Just hit rewind to go back in time and review past network activity. Navigate to the exact moment of the service anomaly to see detailed, packet-level views before, during, and after the occurrence.

Eliminate unnecessary finger pointing between IT teams with fast and accurate root cause identification. Speed resolution of any application, network, or UC issue, while using the security forensics capabilities of GigaStor to identify whether a breach has occurred and what resources have been compromised.

GigaStor together with Apex are ideally suited for satisfying business goals and overcoming challenges across the entire IT enterprise lifecycle whether managing daily operations, mitigating the risk of change from new IT initiatives and unexpected events, or solving performance and security issues.



GigaStor is the perfect solution for your network’s security, compliance, and troubleshooting needs. For gigabit to 40 Gb links with available storage capacity of more than a petabyte, easy-select form factors are designed to scale with your organization.

What advantages does GigaStor offer network and operations teams?

  • Fastest packet capture and write-to-storage in the industry offers the best back-in-time peace-of-mind
  • Anytime, anywhere packet intelligence with web-based capture extraction availability
  • Storage capacity of more than a petabyte of data
  • Exclusive Gen3 packet capture technology
  • AES-256 data-at-rest encryption
  • Integration with Hardware Security Modules (HSM)
  • Superior scalability
  • Advanced root-cause analysis
  • Tight platform integration
  • Portable and software-only options
  • Application-specific error monitoring
  • OSI Model Layer 2 to 4 expert analytics

Its flexibility and storage capacity made Observer GigaStor Portable the logical choice on which to standardize our network practice.
- NEC Unified Solutions

Line-Rate Packet Capture

GigaStor supports line-rate 1, 10 Gb, and 40 Gb ingress network capture performance, ensuring total transaction visibility and intelligence. Tuned hardware-software design, with an advanced GigaStor accelerated analytics engine, achieves simultaneous line-rate capture and the fastest packet capture mining in the industry for nearly instant network traffic awareness.


Web-Based Capture Extraction

Gain anytime, anywhere access to packet-level data with GigaStor web-based capture extraction. Leveraging a built-in web service included with GigaStor and valid credentials, critical service-level communications can now be mined through a browser. Whether performing troubleshooting directly or sharing with third-party solutions, web-based capture extraction makes sharing packets simple.


Time Navigation Interface

Simplify problem isolation with GigaStor's unique time-based navigation system. Identify time of problem occurrence, and then navigate down to the nanosecond for quick and accurate root-cause identification. GigaStor also offers a big-picture view with a macro timeline graph for proactive management, showing related problems and spikes occurring before an incident so you can dig deeper to prevent reoccurrence.


Root-Cause Analysis

Sift through more than a petabyte of data, perform analysis, and find the problem through root-cause analysis – minimizing downtime and end-user impact. From an enterprise-wide view, you can track bandwidth utilization, network Top Talkers, application metrics, and even VoIP quality statistics.

Have more than one GigaStor? Multi-GigaStor Analysis allows you to extract and combine data from numerous appliances into one console. This provides a consolidated view of all GigaStor data, making visualization of the entire network path simple.


Unique Enclosure Designs

GigaStor appliances are built on custom-configured foundation, tuned to deliver the best packet capture, analysis, and reliability in the industry. Available in 2U and 4U enclosures or an exclusive portable formfactor for fast, take-anywhere troubleshooting. GigaStor appliances are developed to support five years of uninterrupted, 100% duty-cycle, line-rate capture without dropping a single packet for the ultimate in network conversation visibility and peace of mind.


Robust Data Protection

AES-256 data-at-rest encryption protects sensitive user data when held within GigaStor without degradation to packet capture and storage performance. Integration with hardware security modules (HSM) enables GigaStor appliances to perform conversation-based decryption using SSL/TSL certificates while fully complying with PKCS #11 standards.


Gen3 100 Gb Capture Card

To stay ahead of surging traffic volumes, VIAVI has developed a new third-generation capture card that incorporates the latest in integrated circuit and bus technologies to support network speeds up to 100 Gb. To keep up with the packet deluge, the Gen3 is back-ended with an optimized and accelerated analytics engine to capture, analyze, index, and encrypt traffic as well as generate metadata in real-time.


Network Security Forensics

GigaStor makes collaboration between the network, operations, and security teams simple. It captures and stores all network conversations for later analysis and reporting, making it ideal for augmenting existing real-time security solutions and for satisfying compliance objectives. GigaStor not only shows conversations, it can reconstruct the mined data – providing evidence such as phone conversations, web pages, instant messages, and emails while also allowing security teams to determine which assets were compromised.


Application Analysis

When used with Observer Analyzer, GigaStor delivers immense depth of application detail in a few mouse clicks. More than just HTTP traffic monitoring, GigaStor application analysis goes beyond simple response times for deep payload intelligence and faster mean-time-to-resolution. It also includes transaction analysis for breakout details into actual application behavior between tiers along with Expert Analytics packed with a variety of advanced analysis tools that save critical minutes, hours, even days of troubleshooting time.


Improved Enclosures

All models have been redesigned for more durability and write-to-storage speed, mining performance has been greatly accelerated, and the analytics engine now includes 100 Gb network interface support. Each model targets specific monitoring use cases from the network edge or branch to the core, across the largest multi-data center deployments in the world.


Gen3 100 Gb Capture Card

To stay ahead of surging traffic volumes, VIAVI has developed a new third-generation capture card that incorporates the latest in integrated circuit and bus technologies to support network speeds up to 100 Gb. To keep up with the packet deluge, the Gen3 is back-ended with an optimized and accelerated analytics engine to capture, analyze, index, and encrypt traffic as well as generate metadata in real-time.


Tuned Performance

Coupled with the Gen3, the newest, fastest motherboards, disk drives, RAID controllers, and supporting components are now tightly integrated, enabling VIAVI to introduce the highest-performance packet capture, storage, and analysis platform in the industry.


Unique Enclosure Designs

GigaStor appliances are built on custom-configured foundation, tuned to deliver the best packet capture, analysis, and reliability in the industry. Available in 2U and 4U enclosures or an exclusive portable formfactor for fast, take-anywhere troubleshooting. GigaStor appliances are developed to support five years of uninterrupted, 100% duty-cycle, line-rate capture without dropping a single packet for the ultimate in network conversation visibility and peace of mind.


Expanded Third-Party Integration

With its web-based trace extraction, GigaStor now seamlessly integrates with many complementary solutions, including Cisco FirePOWER IDS.


Observer is a comprehensive performance monitoring and security forensics solution ideal for optimizing application and network performance while serving as the back-stop to existing real-time security products. Explore how Observer GigaStor works with the products described below.


Observer Apex

Apex serves as the center of the Observer family, aggregating metadata and supporting wire-data visibility collected from across the solution set. Summary real-time dashboards and historical reports are available as is the ability to leverage out-of-the-box site and technology workflows for application, network, and unified communications—solve most service anomalies in three steps.  The combination of Apex and GigaStor is a potent one for problem triaging. As a part of investigative workflows, IT teams can be certain every metric reported in Apex is supported by wire-data details from GigaStor for root-cause analysis and granular reconstruction.


Observer Analyzer

GigaStor works seamlessly with the Analyzer console for Expert Analysis, trending, alerting, and more. Analyzer helps network and operations teams understand packet flow across the network and its impact on service health, while GigaStor adds back-in-time capabilities so that packets can be stored and reviewed if needed, ensuring no sporadic application abnormalities or security threats are missed.


Observer SightOps

Deploy SightOps with GigaStor and Apex for a deeper view into cloud and hybrid IT operations. When SightOps detects a problem with the underlying resources, troubleshooting teams can capture the communications between the components with GigaStor. The conversations can then be inspected with Apex or Analyzer for deeper insight into application transactions and network performance. The combined solution provides correlation and contextual continuity between underlying infrastructure and transaction behavior. Maximize the combined savings of capital and operational expenses of hybrid cloud by accelerating service anomaly resolution, and enabling deeper IT resource intelligence for capacity planning, visibility, and cloud deployment.


Third-Party Systems

Capture packets with GigaStor and effortlessly launch alternate solutions to manage and investigate performance issues within the IT environment. Mine data and automatically launch analysis within third-party tools. GigaStor captures can be easily exported to security devices, compliance and forensic tools, and other IT solutions.

Observer GigaStor appliances can be easily mounted in a standard rack unit. By utilizing the Observer nTAPs included, you can insert and remove a GigaStor from the network without disruption of flow. GigaStor works together with Apex or Analyzer for in-depth analysis.

GigaStor Software Edition (GSE) is designed to provide all the analytics and back-in-time capabilities of the appliance with the added flexibility of deployment in nearly any Windows environment. Ideally suited for monitoring virtualized east-west server traffic as a VM instance, in the cloud or deployed on a laptop for flexible troubleshooting anywhere from branch office to the data center core.

Best Practices

  • Place GigaStor appliances in the data center core
  • Locate near servers to capture server-to-server traffic, whether within VMs for virtual instances
  • The distribution layer is another optimal position for GigaStor
  • Deploy GSE within cloud environments for application and network performance perspective

Choose the right Observer GigaStor for your organization's size and needs.

VIAVI offers multiple options in various form factors, network speeds, port counts, and capacities that range from 256 GB to more than a petabyte. For more information beyond the appliance summary shown below, review the tech specs, use the GigaStor Calculator, or contact a VIAVI Solutions sales expert.


GigaStor Appliance

Scale up to a petabyte and beyond
GigaStor rack-based appliances are available in 2U and 4U enclosures in a variety of capacities, port counts, and supported network speeds from 16 TB to 1.2 PB of data. For more details, please refer to the following table


GigaStor Portable

On-the-Go Packet Capture and Analysis
The GigaStor Portable is the first self-contained performance monitoring and analysis solution. Count on it for troubleshooting network and application problems wherever they occur. Take GigaStor Portable with you anywhere to capture days of packet-level data, isolate network issues fast, and reconstruct data streams. Model specific details available here


GigaStor Software Edition

Flexible Packet Capture
GigaStor Software Edition (GSE) provides the analytics and back-in-time capabilities of the entire product family with the added flexibility of deployment in nearly any Windows environment. Ideally suited for monitoring virtualized east-west server traffic via installation on a VM instance, it can also be deployed on a laptop for fast troubleshooting anywhere from branch office to the data center core. Available in capacities from 256 GB to 64 TB.


Technical Specs

All Observer GigaStor appliances include a local Observer Analyzer Expert Edition console and can connect to any Analyzer Expert or Suite Edition.

To ensure the highest performance packet capture and mining, all appliance and portable models use VIAVI Solutions in-house designed Gen3™ capture card.

The appliances support gigabit, 10 Gb, and 40 Gb interfaces.

GigaStor Form Factor

Storage Capacity

GigaStor Software Edition (GSE) or Virtual Appliance 256 GB-64 TB

GigaStor Portable

8 TB (SSD)

GigaStor Appliance (2U)

16-32 TB

GigaStor Appliance (4U)

96 TB-1.2 PB


GigaStor Software Edition (GSE)

GSE and virtual appliance are software-only products. GSE is available in multiple license choices, supporting 256 GB to 64 TB of storage. It’s a perfect choice for deployment within virtualized server environments to gain visibility into east-west vSwitch traffic, or on a laptop for back-in-time packet capture and analysis at the data center core, network edge, and beyond. GSE is identical in most ways to GigaStor hardware purchased from VIAVI. However, there are differences that exist due to GSE naturally lacking GigaStor hardware components like the capture card and high-performance RAID card(s).

Technical Specifications


GigaStor Portable

GigaStor Portable is a custom-designed appliance built to allow for flexible application and network debug, especially where a dedicated probe is not optimal. Its lightweight form factor makes it easy to quickly move around the data center or transport to a branch office.

Technical Specifications


GigaStor Appliance (2U)

The GigaStor 2U models are available with four ports, one with gigabit network-only support, the other gigabit and/or 10 Gb. Storage capacities are 16 or 32 TB. Ideal for small/medium data centers or the network edge.

Technical Specifications


GigaStor Appliance (4U)

GigaStor 4U models are available with eight ports for gigabit and 10 Gb network speeds or, a two port 40 Gb configuration. Storage capacities begin at 96 TB and for select models, expansion JBODs can increase to 1.2 PB. Best for larger data center(s) deployments or anywhere that requires extended back-in-time capabilities.

Technical Specifications

GigaStor Appliance (4U)

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With the Observer Platform, the ability to get an expert analysis relatively quickly is the best benefit., The capture is constantly running, so we can analyze any time we like without setting up extra equipment.

Landrin Long
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State of Nevada Department of Information Technology

The options that are available and the power of the product are amazing. We’ve solved more problems quicker with Observer than any other analyzing software we’ve had.

Landrin Long
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State of Nevada Department of Information Technology

I have found the Observer Platform to be an invaluable tool in diagnosing both application and network issues.

Peter Young, Network Administrator
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Home Office UK Ministerial Department

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