Observer Management Server (OMS)

Observer Management Server’s drag-and-drop functionality makes it easy to administer software upgrades and authenticate IT staff for performance monitoring tools.

This enterprise management system was developed to meet the distinct needs of network professionals with Observer Apex, Observer Analyzer, and Observer Probe installations.

The user-friendly, HTML5 interface features the same easy-to-use drag-and-drop, right click, and scrolling capabilities you’d expect from any web-based application so you can authenticate user access and passwords, administer upgrades, and streamline management from a single, centralized location.

Ideal for compliance, Observer Management Server (OMS) manages an extensive menu of essential tasks and delegates specific IT jobs on a tiered authorization basis to appropriately credentialed network team members. TLS-based communication security safeguards sensitive user data while in transit.

What can you do more efficiently with Observer Management Server?

  • Authenticate IT staff for the entire Observer Platform from one central location
  • Integrate with third-party authentication servers including AD, RADIUS, TACACS+, and more
  • Authorize user access according to clearance credentials or asset group
  • Audit user access and activity related to company-sensitive data
  • Manage user passwords and permissions
  • Define access rights by user, user group, or asset group
  • Automatically license new Observer Platform components connecting to the network
  • Easily and efficiently administer software upgrades across the Observer Platform

A more comprehensive tool than any other product – all for a very sensible cost.
- Alstom

Manage Authentication, Authorization, Auditing & Accounting Across the Observer Platform

Observer Management Server (OMS) determines clearance levels for users accessing the assets on the network via an internal list or using third-party integration with technologies like RADIUS, Active Directory, TACACS+, and more.

Determine appropriate permissions for Observer GigaStor or Observer Probe connections, report access, capture initiation, accessing of reports, and more. OMS defines role-based permissions, helping you lock down security. Know how users access remote resources. OMS logs username, IP address, Probe connection, and activity history.

Version Control, including Centralized License Distribution

OMS version control functionality upgrades and downgrades any tool as needed or desired. When new versions that require license changes are released, these can be distributed via OMS, automating the entire upgrade process.

OMS also provides options if you want to control the upgrade schedule. OMS centralized licensing allows you to:

  • Quickly and efficiently authorize multiple Observer products
  • Manage multiple types of licenses such as Observer Analyzer Expert Edition, Suite, and software or hardware Probes

Third Party Integration

OMS provides a RESTful API enabling you to interface with it remotely using external management tools such as Manager of Manager and service orchestration tools. Share user information with third-party apps, and integrate into audit, security, and configuration management workflows.

Security and Failover Protection

OMS also protects analysis tools against connection failures. With redundant OMS in place, real-time analysis and distributed visibility continue even if the primary OMS becomes unavailable. With this option, communication is secure and uninterrupted.

Analysis Tools with Observer Management Server

OMS offers a centralized repository of tools like filters and protocol definitions commonly used by administrators to ensure only relevant data is displayed or collected – ultimately speeding troubleshooting and analysis. This technology ensures secure communication by encrypting and authenticating all data sent across the network. It also provides integrated, multi-vendor support for centralized hardware security modules (HSMs), securely managing SSL keys for encryption analysis and reinforcing compliance initiatives.

With OMS, it's easy to share filter libraries between probes and across the network with other Observer users. Upload or download filter lists to or from OMS as often as needed.

Share filters:

  • Share your organization's application definitions database. This benefits your enterprise because key solutions configurations are centralized and shared for standardization and control – creating enterprise-wide network consistency.

An Intuitive User Interface

The newly designed, intuitive user interface (UI) takes ease-of-use to the next level, enabling better configuration, management, and reporting. Observer Management Server (OMS) features a user-friendly, HTML5 interface with the same easy-to-use drag-and-drop, right click, and scrolling capabilities you’d expect from any web-based application. The result is a lower learning curve, less time spent administrating, and the ability to quickly react to network issues.

Third-Party Integration

A RESTful API enables OMS to be accessed, controlled, or modified externally in an automated fashion. This functionality facilitates the sharing of data with other groups or workflows, and brings all of your performance management tools together.

Enhanced Version Control Management

Check for and download all Observer Platform updates and version releases quickly and easily from within the OMS interface. Enhanced version control management within OMS allows engineers to automatically and selectively apply and remove versions across all their Observer assets. Schedule update downloads and installations to occur at the most optimal times for your network. Improved version control management across all your Observer solutions saves significant administrative time, ensures version consistency with all assets, and allows you to access all new features and functions as they become available.

Expanded Event and Audit Logging

Exporting event and audit logs via syslog, SNMP, and email with tiered severity are all enhanced functionalities with this release. Audit trails provide information on who is using the solution and how it is being used. Zoom in on Observer GigaStor data extractions to see who accessed data and when.

Each part of the Observer Performance Management Platform fits perfectly with all other components, and increases troubleshooting capabilities, power, and speed.

Observer Management Server (OMS) supports deployments of the Observer Platform with centralized authentication, authorization, and auditing (AAA). Manage AAA to all of your network assets with drag-and-drop functionality on an easy, highly visual control interface. Add, change, or delete users with a click of the mouse while safeguarding sensitive user data in transit with TLS-based communication security.

Observer Management Server (OMS) is a vital component of the Observer Platform. Deploy as a virtual appliance, using system and configuration recommendations located here.

Technical Specs

Observer Management Server (OMS) is offered as a virtual software appliance only. For more information on minimum, recommended, and optimal system requirements please review information at the following link.

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
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
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
Home Office UK Ministerial Department

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