Observer GigaStor

Observer GigaStor


Capture Critical IT Service Events

Accelerate the detection and remediation of network, application, and service anomalies while strengthening your ongoing IT security initiatives with the best packet capture analytics solution on the market today.

The undisputed leader in back-in-time analysis, Observer GigaStor eliminates the time-consuming task of recreating problems for troubleshooting or 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.

GigaStor together with Apex are ideally suited for satisfying business goals and overcoming challenges across the entire IT enterprise lifecycle whether managing daily operations, mitigating the risk of change from new IT initiatives and unexpected events, or solving performance and security issues.



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.

Web-Based Capture Extraction

Gain anytime, anywhere access to packet-level data with GigaStor web-based capture extraction. Leveraging a built-in web service included with GigaStor and valid credentials, critical service-level communications can now be mined through a browser. Whether performing troubleshooting directly or sharing with third-party solutions, web-based capture extraction makes sharing packets simple.

Time Navigation Interface

Simplify problem isolation with 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 reoccurrence.


Root-Cause Analysis

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 form factor 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.


Robust Data Protection

AES-256 data-at-rest encryption protects sensitive user data when held within GigaStor without degradation to packet capture and storage 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.

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.

VIAVI 100 Gb Capture Card

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.

Application Analysis

When used with Observer Analyzer, GigaStor delivers immense depth of application detail in a few mouse clicks. More than just HTTP traffic monitoring, GigaStor application analysis goes beyond simple response times for deep payload intelligence and faster mean-time-to-resolution. It also includes transaction analysis for breakout details into actual application behaviour between tiers along with Expert Analytics packed with a variety of advanced analysis tools that save critical minutes, hours, even days of troubleshooting time.

GigaStor Application Analysis

“Before GigaStor it was like looking for a needle in a field of haystacks. With GigaStor we now have a ‘metal detector.’ GigaStor has completely changed the game, putting the odds back in our favour.”

Allan Ralph, Senior Technical Specialist Infrastructure at Leicestershire County Council

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

VIAVI offers multiple 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 contact one of our sales experts.

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

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.

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, and 40 Gb interfaces.

GigaStor Form FactorStorage Capacity
GigaStor Software Edition (GSE) or Virtual Appliance256 GB – 64 TB
GigaStor Portable8 TB (SSD)
GigaStor Appliance (2U)16 – 32 TB
GigaStor Appliance (4U)96 TB – 1.2 PB

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 reports back to Observer Analyzer Expert Edition and Suite consoles for in-depth analysis.

GigaStor Software Edition (GSE) is designed to provide all 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 flexible troubleshooting anywhere from branch office to the data center core.

If desired, GigaStor can be configured as a local console for on-site analysis. And because GigaStor integrates into the Observer Platform’s Unified Architecture, it can provide the deep packet, back-in-time insight required for fast, high-level dashboard to root cause workflows.

Best Practices

  • Place GigaStors in the data center core
  • Locate near servers to capture server-to-server traffic
  • The distribution layer is another optimal position for GigaStor
  • Deploy GigaStor Software Edition within virtualized server environments for east-west traffic visibility or on a laptop for flexible troubleshooting anywhere


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