Observer Probes (Discontinued)

Cover your edge and remote network sites with Observer Probes. Monitor performance and aggregate across sites with GigaStor within Apex for broad visibility into resource health.

This product has been discontinued.

This product has been discontinued

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Whether your network stretches across the building or the globe, Observer Probes cover your edge and remote network sites with advanced analysis technologies. Running on hosts provided by the user, they aggregate information across network sites near and far — extending your reach without sacrificing monitoring integrity. Observer Probes monitor network activity across multiple topologies with robust intelligence and a menu of rich features. Use these tools for troubleshooting, proactive monitoring, long-term data collection, network forensics, and more.

As enterprise networks continue growing, Probes provide performance management support for multiple departments, locations, business functions and remote users. This robust remote monitoring solution when used with a console, gives IT managers and engineers the power to proactively monitor, troubleshoot, and respond to network problems from any location. Probes offer deep insights and 360 degrees of visibility into every element of an organization’s business-critical IT infrastructure.


  • Gain insight and visibility into the entire network
  • Manage remote networks as easily as local
  • Aggregate information across sites for global health
  • Get support for the following topologies:
    • LAN
    • Gigabit, 10 Gb, and 40 Gb
    • Wireless (802.11 a/b/g/n)


Learn more about Network Performance Monitoring solutions from VIAVI, and get additional Network Performance resources.

Use Probes as a part of the Observer Platform to get the following features and more

Use an Observer Probe with Observer Analyzer and Observer Apex to deploy features that quickly help troubleshoot and resolve issues across the entire IT enterprise lifecycle. Observer Probe, hosted on your VM or appliance runs Probe Instance Software, providing enterprise-wide views of network and application traffic. There’s no added time or expense involved in traveling to remote sites when a problem occurs – see everything you need from your desktop.


Access the Power of Probes Plus Analyzer

Monitor and troubleshoot critical network links in any location in real time, using the Probe-Analyzer power duo. Probes report to the Analyzer console for complete video monitoring support to tracking end-user experience.

Features include:

  • Expert Analytics
  • Alerts
  • Metrics
  • Packet Capture
  • In-Depth Details

Pair Probes with Apex for Greater Visibility

Get a top-down approach that combines enterprise-wide views, macro and micro-level reporting, and deep drilldown for problem resolution with Apex.

Features include:

  • Full-Featured Reporting
  • Trending
  • Baselining
  • Aggregate Visibility

Increase Troubleshooting Efficiency

Accelerate troubleshooting with Probes using real-time Expert Analysis locally at the Probe, without transferring captured data back to the console.

Get Unmatched Distributed Visibility

Distributed visibility is offered with Probes. Deploy Probes to various observation points to monitor traffic, correlate analysis, and more.

See All Your Data with Flow Aggregation

View the complete picture with flow data aggregation for a unified report of all network sites.

Optimize New Technology

Probes assist with reporting on key technology initiatives such as UC, virtualization, and cloud. Easy to install and configure, they support Ethernet, Gigabit, and wireless.

Observer Probes are part of the Observer Performance Management Platform. They work with Observer Analyzer for analysis and Apex for high-level performance visibility.

  • Probes work with Analyzer to provide Distributed Analysis which includes: App Performance Analysis, App Transaction Analysis, comparison analysis, traffic flows, visibility into other environments, and more.
  • Paired with Analyzer, Probes also provide detailed information across multiple segments, multiple locations, and across heterogeneous environments.
  • Probes provide remote visibility when used with Apex, a data source for the high-level reporting environment.
  • Drill down from Apex into Probes provides root-cause analysis for problem resolution.

Observer Probe placement is critical. Failure to deploy the right probes in the right place can result in network blind spots, leading to inefficient troubleshooting and expensive mistakes. It's also essential to place Probes in high-traffic areas to capture the data you need.

Since a Probe only shows the analysis data it can see, where to deploy Probes depends on your network's architecture and where visibility is needed. If you want 100 percent coverage, install TAPs on all the high-speed critical links in or near the core of your network, and plug Probes into the SPAN/mirror ports of switches on the edge.

When sharing files or filters between Probes, updating Probes, and for Probe authentication, use a Probe management tool like Observer Management Server, a centralized Probe management system for enterprise networks.

Technical Specs

Please refer to the software configuration for additional details on software probes.

Observer Platformがあることの最大のメリットは、エクスパート分析を比較的速やかに手にできることです。キャプチャ機能が常時動いているので、余分な機器を準備することなくいつでも必要なときに分析できます。

Landrin Long



Landrin Long


Observer Platformは、アプリケーションとネットワーク両方の問題の診断の面で欠くことができないツールです。

Peter Young氏