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Observer GigaStor

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Observer GigaStor 5U

Retrospective Network Analyser

The undisputed leader in retrospective network analysis (RNA), GigaStor eliminates the time-consuming task of recreating problems for troubleshooting. Just hit rewind to go back in time and review past network activity. Then navigate to the exact moment a problem occurred and see detailed packet-level views before, during, and after an issue occurrence.

The result is the elimination of unnecessary finger-pointing between network and application teams, fast and accurate issue identification, and speedy resolution. By removing the guesswork, GigaStor provides long-term corporate-wide benefits that include:

  • Ensuring successful application deployments
  • Solving network and application problem quickly
  • Reconstructing and troubleshooting VoIP calls
  • Investigating and documenting compliance violations

GigaStor is the perfect solution for your network’s security, compliance, and troubleshooting needs. It works on gigabit, 10 Gb, and 40 Gb links – with an immense storage capacity that dwarfs the competition. Product offerings come in a range of sizes with capacity support for more than a petabyte of network data for days, weeks, or months of visibility.



  • Back-in-time functionality
  • Storage capacity of more than a petabyte of data
  • Exclusive Gen2 packet capture technology
  • Data-at-rest encryption
  • Integration with Hardware Security Modules (HSM)
  • Superior scalability
  • Root-cause analysis
  • Platform integration
  • Latency identification
  • Portable and software only options
  • Server delay tracking
  • Application-specific error monitoring
  • Expert Analytics

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Time Navigation Interface

Simplify problem isolation with Observer GigaStor’s unique time-based navigation system. Identify time of problem occurrence, and then navigate down to the nanosecond for quick and accurate root-cause identification. GigaStor also offers a big-picture view with a macro timeline graph for proactive management, showing related problems and spikes occurring before an incident so you can dig deeper to prevent re-occurrence.

Root-Cause Analysis

Sift through more than a petabyte of data, perform analysis, and find the problem through root-cause analysis – minimising downtime and end-user impact. From an enterprise-wide view, you can track bandwidth utilisation, 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, providing a consolidated view of all GigaStor data.

Robust Data Protection

Super strong military-grade AES-256 data-at-rest encryption protects highly sensitive user data when held within GigaStor at 10 Gb line rate without degradation to packet capture and store performance. Integration with hardware security modules (HSM) enables GigaStor appliances to perform conversation-based decryption using SSL/TSL certificates while fully complying with PKCS #11 standards.

Precision Engineering

The Gen2 Card is exclusively built and engineered by Viavi Solutions. Designed to maximise performance on critical links, it guarantees the fastest real-time packet capture, largest buffers, and highest port density in the industry. See the 10 Gb speed test report by Tolly. Gen2 ensures accurate captures on fully-saturated networks, collects full-duplex wire speed capture statistics, and can monitor multiple gigabit links. It supports full-duplex gigabit, 10 Gb, and 40 Gb.

Forensics – Security and Compliance

GigaStor is changing the way network and security teams do their jobs. It passively captures and archives all data traversing the network for later analysis and reporting, making it ideal for meeting security forensics and compliance objectives. For example, the GigaStor not only shows that communications took place, it can reconstruct the mined data – providing evidence such as phone conversations, web pages, instant messages, and emails. It serves as a network eyewitness, determining whether a problem relates to the network, security, or application. Use GigaStor’s Expert Analysis and uploaded Snort rules to investigate security breaches and compliance issues.

Application Analysis

Get an immense depth of application detail in nanoseconds. More than HTTP traffic monitoring, our app analysis goes beyond simple response times. It ensures faster MTTR using a trifecta of comprehensive performance metrics including Application Performance Analysis that focuses on end-user experience, Transaction Analysis that provides extensive detail about the applications layers 5 to 7, and Expert Analytics packed with a variety of advanced analysis tools that save critical minutes, hours, even days off of troubleshooting time.

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