Observer Apex

Gain Comprehensive Cloud-to-On-Premises Service Visibility with End-User Experience Scoring


Apex is the first performance monitoring solution to generate an end-user experience (EUE) score on every transaction. Apex offers adaptability and visibility via multiple data sources: packets, metadata, and enriched flow. 

Apex provides global IT service health and status awareness. When service anomalies do arise or potential security breaches are detected, efficient workflows empower NetOps, DevOps, and SecOps groups to uncover root cause and fix it, fast.  

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Apex Features and Benefits Summary

  • Machine learning-powered automated EUE scoring converts multiple KPIs into a single easy-to-understand metric combined with detailed score deductions that automatically isolate the problem domain(s) and provide the information needed to prioritize issue remediation.  
  • Flexible data source options via GigaStor and GigaFlow: packets, metadata, and enriched flow offer the right view for every stakeholder from network engineer to line of business owner 
  • Customizable dashboards for global operational intelligence with efficient workflows enable fast problem identification and resolution for NetOps, SecOps, and DevOps 
  • On-demand application dependency mapping enables immediate multi-tier application visibility with no configuration required 
  • Integrated performance management and forensics for fast service anomaly and rapid cybersecurity breach response 
  • Flexible deployment options from purpose-built appliances for the data center to Amazon Machine Images (AMI) for simple, efficient cloud deployments 
  • Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) capabilities address the challenge of understanding network traffic composition and determining if non-critical traffic is negatively impacting key business services and end-users.
  • Monitors SSL/TLS handshakes as it analyzes network traffic, identifies digital certificates that have expired or are due to expire and highlights outdated protocols, helping to ensure uninterrupted service for users.
  • Efficiently guides UC experts from global summaries and site-specific views to interactive call details. Seamlessly combines packet and flow data to visualize a single point-to-point or complex multipoint call’s path through the network infrastructure.
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User-Defined Dashboard F.A.Q.

What is a Network Performance Dashboard?

A network performance dashboard is a report populated with widgets, and these widgets show the information collected by your data sources.

  • How are network performance dashboards populated? 

    Your reports—your dashboards—are populated with one or many widgets. The data shown by widgets in your dashboards belongs to Observer. To make use of dashboards, Observer must be collecting network trending data and be a data source to Apex. Without trending data, Apex will not have any data for the widgets in a dashboard.

    Apex Global Dashboard

  • Are system dashboards available "out-of-the-box" to enable easy setup? 

    Dashboards that are pre-made by VIAVI are available to you as system dashboards. System dashboards are identical in function to dashboards you create on your own, but they cannot be modified. Additionally, system dashboards provide broad information and are useful for high-level analytics. A temporary filter can be used while viewing system dashboards, but a permanent filter cannot be added.

  • Can the network performance dashboards be filtered?

    Any dashboard can have an always-on filter written into its properties. Dashboard filters force every widget in a dashboard to display only information that meets the filter. For example, you can filter a dashboard so that its widgets show statistics from a specific subnet only. Or you can filter a dashboard to search for a telephone number used in a VoIP conversation.

    A dashboard filter can be applied to the design of the dashboard itself (always-filtered), applied during viewing of the dashboard (temporary), or applied as a combination of the two.

  • Who can view the user dashboards?

    Each newly created dashboard is considered a user dashboard. User dashboards are unique to the user that logged in to Apex and created it, and it can only be viewed and modified by that user. To share a user dashboard with other Apex users, the creator must promote the dashboard. A promoted dashboard becomes a site dashboard that is viewable by other users. A promoted dashboard cannot be demoted.

  • Does promoting a dashboard simultaneously promote user widgets?

    This means you can promote a user dashboard to a site dashboard without promoting the underlying user widgets—if any exist. This protects your personal user widgets from being altered and changed by others. If you want to share a dashboard with others (by promotion) and also allow changes to those widgets, the widgets must be promoted to site widgets.

  • Can my view of a network performance dashboard be shared with other users?

    As long as you are viewing a site or system dashboard—user dashboards are not applicable—your current view of the dashboard can be summarized into a shareable URL. Whoever clicks the URL you share can see the dashboard how it appeared to you. Choices you have made like the reporting period and any temporary dashboard filters are retained by the URL. You can use this sharing feature in your instant messages, emails, or other documents.

    Apex Global Dashboard

To start building your network performance dashboard with Observer Apex:


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Apex Available as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

Apex can now be procured on the Amazon Marketplace website as an AMI for simple, efficient cloud deployment.


Certificate Management

Automated analysis designed to prevent SSL/TLS certificate expirations and insecure sessions from going unnoticed. Provides security and network engineers with real-time analysis, reporting, and notifications, keeping teams one step ahead of certificate expirations. Allows for easy identification of servers publishing insecure sessions. Enables teams to swiftly retire outdated or insecure protocols, improving the overall security posture. Identifying and remediating certificate-related issues, helps to prevent potential outages and ensure a seamless user experience.


Unified Communications (UC)

Purpose-built dashboards combined with highly efficient workflows provide actionable insights for global, site-specific, and single-call UC visibility. Interactive Call Details visualizations show the paths calls take through the network infrastructure, pinpointing exactly where and why quality degradation occurs. One-click access to relevant packet data is also provided, ensuring VoIP and UC experts have all the information they need to monitor call quality and perform efficient troubleshooting.


End-User Experience Scoring

Machine learning powered end-user experience (EUE) scoring for every every transaction with intelligently rolled-up values at the dashboard site level. Scores are color-coded and range from 0 to 10 with the corresponding problem domain highlighted. EUE scorecards show a clear display of the overall score, along with the individual scores for the contributing domains: Network, Client, Server, and Application. For EUE values with score deductions across multiple domains, you can easily identify and prioritize the issues that matter most. When a single domain contains multiple score deductions, each issue is listed along with its corresponding deduction, making it clear what is contributing the most to performance degradations.


Custom Dashboards and Streamlined Workflows

Customizable dashboards provide network observability of IT service health at the regional, country, city, data center levels, or functional level. When combined with end user experience scoring, IT teams can gain instant world-wide situational awareness of all resources and then, when required quickly drill down to an individual user for rapid problem resolution. Receive complimentary dashboard assistance by contacting VIAVI here by a technical specialist. Be sure to enter “Complimentary Dashboards” in the comments box.


On-Demand Multi-Tier Application Intelligence

On-demand application dependency mapping offers fast discovery of app interdependencies. Maps are built automatically to display complex relationships with simple clarity. This allows users to determine worst connections, app tiers, and network delay threshold deviations, while sorting all connections by status; critical, marginal, and acceptable.


Network Security Forensics

Not every performance issue can be solved without going back-in-time to analyze the underlying root cause of the problem. Likewise, given the never-ending series of cybersecurity breach announcements worldwide, it’s clear even the most robust IT security defense strategy with solutions such as firewalls, IDS/IPS, and SIEMs are necessary but no longer enough to protect critical resources—especially the organization’s crown jewels. That’s why Apex provides network forensics based on traffic and enriched flow to provide in-depth visibility past network activity.


Intuitive Visualizations with IP Viewer

By compiling Layer 2 to Layer 3 insights into a single enriched flow record, Observer can produce unique, interactive visualizations that illustrate the relationships between User, IP, MAC, and application usage in the network. A NetOps or SecOps user can simply enter a name enter in a username and immediately find all devices, interfaces, and applications associated with it. Finding out what is connected and who is communicating across your network has never been easier.


Advanced Deep Packet Inspection (DPI)

Gaining in-depth insights into network traffic can be challenging. The added visibility provided by DPI allows network engineers to easily identify traffic running on non-standard ports, recognize and classify various traffic types, and take a deeper look into protocols like HTTP and HTTPS.

DPI capabilities provide answers to commonly asked questions:

  • What is this unidentified traffic and what application, or service is it associated with?
  • What is all this HTTP/HTTPS traffic – Is it traffic I want on my network?
  • Is non-business traffic causing congestion and impacting performance?

Observer Apex collects and aggregates data from Observer GigaStor, Observer GigaStor M, Observer GigaFlow to achieve enterprise-wide network observabilityand security visibility for NetOps and SecOps teams. By intelligently combining packet information, metadata, and enriched flow records, Apex delivers centralized management of end-user experience scoring, performance, and cybersecurity intelligence.

Nitro Insights Powered by Observer

As the centralizing reporting point for Observer 3D, Apex provides flexible, customizable real-time dashboards and long-term historical reporting based on end-user experience (EUE) scoring. Data can be aggregated from packets, metadata, and enhanced and enriched flow. 

Apex Deployment Considerations:

  • Deploy Apex in locations that maximize the opportunity to simplify connectivity with support components 
  • Monitoring instrumentation points depend on network size, configuration, and visibility requirements 
  • Utilize redundant Apex capabilities with two duplicate systems: a primary and a secondary for automated replication, facilitating redundancy 

Observer - Scale of Deployment

Select an Observer Apex form-factor that best aligns with your IT monitoring requirements and deployment best practices. Then scale as required to grow with your business. Based on the number of data sources, Apex is offered in three tiers to be monitored:

  • Tier 1 – Apex Standard - available in a cloud version (as an AWS AMI) and a software edition
  • Tier 2 – Apex Workgroup - form-factors include hardware, cloud version (as an AWS AMI) and a software edition
  • Tier 3 – Apex Enterprise - Hardware appliance only

ObserverONE

The all-in-one VIAVI solution that enables IT teams to gain the powerful security and performance insights of the entire Observer 3D platform. This upgradable appliance combines Apex end-user experience scoring with GigaStor industry leading packet capture and GigaFlow enriched flow analysis, offering great network observability at a modest price point and minimal footprint


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