Compare Observer GigaStor vs. Wireshark

Observer GigaStor is ranked 4th in Network Troubleshooting with 3 reviews while Wireshark is ranked 2nd in Network Troubleshooting with 4 reviews. Observer GigaStor is rated 9.0, while Wireshark is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Observer GigaStor writes "Helps to write protocols for IP addresses that come in or out of your network". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Wireshark writes "It is free to download and install, and it runs on multiple platforms". Observer GigaStor is most compared with Gigamon, Wireshark and NETSCOUT nGeniusONE, whereas Wireshark is most compared with SolarWinds NPM, PRTG Network Monitor and ClearSight Analyzer. See our Observer GigaStor vs. Wireshark report.
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This solution allows us to see exactly what is going on in the network and we can very quickly solve issues with users.It can help to write your rules, organize firewalls, your block, and also your protocols and IP address to come in or out of your network.The ability to capture packets. It is not only for monitoring. That is very important for a company that wants to keep an eye on the packets, the transactions, the flows...It's able to capture packets and, after a long time, you can come and use that information; to check, to analyze - everything you would want to do. So it's very good and helpful if you want to protect your data. It is stored in a certain place where you can access it every time you want to analyze it.I also have the ability to see an application's performance, to see what's going on, why a network is slow, why this program for this user is experiencing a delay or some network issue

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I can save the traffic and analysis when I want to. Also, it's especially helpful to follow the stream (TCP, UDP, etc.).Setup is very easy. It's also possible to change source code and compile if you want to change something in the code, because it's free.It gives us the ability to pinpoint problems and to communicate network problems with software and hardware vendors.The drill-down available for packet analysis is great. It gives a network security engineer insight into what is going on at the packet level and enables better troubleshooting.Packet-capture files can be hard to use due to their size. Wireshark has a tool called tshark that can parse the files with out opening them so that you can take large captures, say 2-10GB, and return only relevant information.

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I would like to have more than 4TB of storage available in the portable version of this solution.Graphics need improvement. Because a lot of the information there you have to input first in some case to have full potential. It could be more automated.Maybe the graphical user interface could be simplified to allow people to use it more easily. It's already good, but they can work more on it to make it even easier.

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It needs the ability to follow multiple interfaces for specific traffic from different network zones/virtual networks. It would help to understand how any packet is going through the network.Sometimes I need to use tcpdump when I need to check the packets on CLI.Big trace files (more than 1,000,000 packets) can be slow, but then you can use "TraceWrangler" (also free) to help with slicing and dicing the data.It is not an easy program. You will need to study to use it to its full capabilities (follow a course).The Wireshark search function shows green for a correct search and red for an incorrect search. If there were a way to provide a description about what a search - and the similar ones which are available - can do, while a person is typing it, it would make the product easier to use and simultaneously decrease the learning curve.The product is great but I wish there were more of an emphasis on the command line tools.

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It depends on the requirements you have. There are three types of license. There's the updates license, the work group license, and the workstation license.

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It's free.It is free to download and install. It runs on multiple platforms, so how can you go wrong?It's a stand-alone tool. If there is a commercial license for it I am unaware of it.

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Observer GigaStor is a network analysis tool that comes in a variety of form factors, including rack mount, portable, and virtual. Capable of storing up to a petabyte of traffic for later analysis, GigaStor helps ensure optimal network and application performance.

Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer.
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Cisco Systems, Hawaiian Telecom, Renown Health, State of Nevada, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Allstate Insurance, Jack Henry & Associates, United States Airforce, US Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Chicago Board Options ExchangeComversion, ADP, Talbots
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Healthcare Company14%
Government14%
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