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.
The undisputed leader in back-in-time analysis, Observer GigaStor eliminates the time-consuming task of recreating problems for troubleshooting and 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.
The Best Just Got Better: Observer GigaStor Gen 4
To keep up with the challenge of ever-increasing network speeds, user traffic and content, resulting in tidal waves of data to analyze, VIAVI is proud to introduce the latest version of Observer, backed by the horsepower of the GigaStor Gen 4. Confirmed by Tolly Research Group at 60 Gbps capture rates, this is the fastest independently validated rate available in the market, more than a 50% improvement over Gen 3.
With more than a petabyte of data storage all in a 67% smaller footprint, GigaStor Gen 4 allows you to store more data for longer periods of recording time without sacrificing additional rack space and consuming excessive power. Faster dashboard visualizations and EUE scoring calculations with Gen 4 means you have improved operational awareness, more useful data than can be used across your network operations and security teams, and reduced time in war rooms. This means less time rooting out the cause and more time focused on resolution.
GigaStor Gen 4 provides IT teams the most comprehensive, trust-worthy data source on the market for end-user experience monitoring and security analysis.
Full GigaStor Integration with Observer v18
With the release of Observer v18, enriched flow data from GigaFlow and packet-level wire data from GigaStor now coexist in Observer Apex. This means all levels of expertise have access to comprehensive views of performance and threat landscapes across their environments, using preferred data sources for QoS measurements, baselining, capacity planning, and more. This single, integrated interface improves operational efficiencies through boosted data quality, intuitive visualizations, and simplified workflows for any level of IT user.
GigaStor offers the following features and benefits:
- Independently validated line-rate capture performance at 40 Gbps with support for 100 Gb networks; accelerates service anomaly resolution and security investigations
- Back-in-time functionality means never having to wait for a service anomaly to repeat before resolving.
- Scalable to more than a petabyte of storage capacity enables extended visibility into past service delivery health; AES-256 data-at-rest encryption ensures regulatory data privacy compliance
- Expert analytics offers detailed network and application intelligence including deep-packet inspection; ideal for in-depth transaction-level awareness into service and potential security issues
- Fault-tolerant custom design supports five years of uninterrupted, 100 percent duty-cycle capture without dropping a single packet
Its flexibility and storage capacity made Observer GigaStor Portable the logical choice on which to standardize our network practice.
- NEC Unified Solutions
- Network Performance Monitoring
- Network Performance
- Enterprise Performance Management
- Network Security
- Threat Hunting
Bigger Storage, Smaller Footprint with Gen 4
The Gen 4 GigaStor delivers provides more than a petabyte of data storage all in a 67% smaller footprint – saving you space and operational costs in your data center, while letting you store more data for longer periods of recording time. Easier installation with fewer enclosures, less disruptive deployment, significantly reduced rack requirement means keeping the lid on costs.and and business expectations.
3rd Party Validated 60 Gbps Packet Capture Rates with Gen 4
GigaStor Gen 4 has been validated by Tolly Research Group to capture traffic at 60 Gbps – the fastest independently validated rate available in the market. With more than 50% improvement, the benefits to your organization are numerous. Compared with other solutions that can drop packets or restrict filtering that can create monitoring blind spots, Observer delivers the power and capacity to ensure your performance management solution meets critical dem
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fastest 3rd Party Validated Capture Rates with Gen 4
GigaStor Gen 4 has been validated by Tolly Research Group to capture traffic at 60 Gbps – the fastest independently validated rate available in the market. With more than 50% improvement, the benefits to your organization are numerous. Compared with other solutions that can drop packets or restrict filtering that can create monitoring blind spots, Observer delivers the power and capacity to ensure your performance management solution meets critical demand and business expectations.
Bigger Storage, Smaller Footprint with Gen 4
The Gen 4 GigaStor delivers provides more than a petabyte of data storage all in a 67% smaller footprint – saving you space and operational costs in your data center, while letting you store more data for longer periods of recording time. Easier installation with fewer enclosures, less disruptive deployment, significantly reduced rack requirement means keeping the lid on costs.
Increased Metadata Creation with Gen 4
Faster dashboard visualizations and EUE scoring calculations means you have improved operational awareness, more useful data than can be used across your network operations and security teams, and reduced time in war rooms. GigaStor helps your team spend less time rooting out cause and more time focused on resolution.
Observer GigaStor integrates with Apex and GigaFlow
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 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.
- 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
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.
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.
ObserverONE is VIAVI’s enterprise NPMD tool to empower IT teams to gain the powerful security and performance insights of the entire Observer platform all in one box. This upgradable appliance combines Apex’s superior end-user experience with GigaStor’s industry leading packet capture and GigaFlow’s enriched flow analysis, offering optimal performance at a modest price point with minimal footprint.
All Observer GigaStor Appliances
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, 40 Gb, and 100 Gb network 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)||48/96 TB|
|GigaStor Appliance (4U)||192 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).
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.
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.
GigaStor Appliance (4U)
GigaStor 4U models support various port counts and network speeds including an eight port for 1/10 Gb, two port 40 Gb, or two port 100 Gb configurations. 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.
ObserverONE is VIAVI’s enterprise NPMD tool to empower IT teams to gain the powerful security and performance insights of the entire Observer platform all in one box. This upgradable appliance combines Apex’s superior end-user experience with GigaStor’s industry leading packet capture and GigaFlow’s enriched flow analysis, offering optimal performance in a 4U appliance, with 192 TB storage and 10Gbps stream-to-disk speeds
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I have found the Observer Platform to be an invaluable tool in diagnosing both application and network issues.
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.