Observer GigaStor

Enable end-user experience scoring with the best packet capture, analysis, and storage solution in the industry - empowering IT teams with in-depth network conversation details for troubleshooting, performance optimization, and security investigations.

GigaStor serves as the source of packet insights while also storing them for back-in-time access for Observer 3D. Using these packet insights, Observer Apex generates end-user experience scores for every network conversation, providing critical individual and enterprise-wide visibility into IT service health and fast troubleshooting when problems arise.

The undisputed leader in back-in-time analysis, GigaStor eliminates the time-consuming and potentially inaccurate 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 Netops, and SecOps and DevOps 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 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 identifying and putting resolution measures into place.
  • 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

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Bigger Storage, Smaller Footprint

GigaStor delivers more than a petabyte of data storage in a compact 16U footprint – saving you space and reducing operational costs in your data center, all while letting you to store more data for longer periods of recording time.

3rd Party Validated 60 Gbps Packet Capture Rates

GigaStor has been validated by Tolly Research Group to capture traffic at 60 Gbps with real-world conversation loads – the fastest independently validated rate available in the market. Compared with other solutions that can drop packets or require restrictive filtering that can create monitoring blind spots, GigaStor delivers the performance and accuracy you demand to ensure fast troubleshooting.

Gen3 100 Gb Capture Card

To stay ahead of surging traffic volumes, VIAVI has developed a new next generation capture card that incorporates the latest in integrated circuit and bus technologies to support network packet capture and analysis at up to 100 Gb network speeds

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.

Root-Cause Analysis

Sift through more than a petabyte of data, perform analysis, and find the problem through fast root-cause analysis – minimizing downtime and end-user impact. From an enterprise-wide view, you can drill down to whatever level of detail required to solve performance issues or contain a security breach.

Unique Enclosure Designs

GigaStor appliances are built on a 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 and regulatory 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.

Compact GigaStor 24TB

The GigaStor line has been expanded to offer a new 24TB unit in a sleek 2U form factor. Field expandable to 48TB, it’s the perfect solution for large enterprise network edge/large branch deployments or for mid-size organizations seeking high-performance, cost-effective packet capture and retention.

Observer GigaStor tightly integrates with the entire Observer 3D platform

Nitro Insights Powered by Observer

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

Observer - Scale of Deployment

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

VIAVI offers multiple GigaStor 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, use the GigaStor Calculator, or contact a VIAVI Solutions sales expert.

All Observer GigaStor Appliances

GigaStor is designed to integrate with Observer Apex. In addition, the 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 custom designed capture card. Note, depending on the model, appliances support gigabit, 10 Gb, 40 Gb, and 100 Gb network interfaces.

GigaStor Form FactorStorage Capacity
GigaStor Software Edition (GSE) or Virtual Appliance256 GB-64 TB
GigaStor Portable8 TB (SSD)
GigaStor Appliance (2U)24/48/96 TB
GigaStor Appliance (4U)192 TB-1.2 PB
ObserverONE72 TB

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.

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.

GigaStor Software Edition

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.


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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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

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