Observer GigaStor Overview

Observer GigaStor is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top Network Packet Broker tools. It is most often compared to Gigamon: Observer GigaStor vs Gigamon

What is Observer GigaStor?

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.

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Observer GigaStor Customers

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 Exchange

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RY
Network Engineer at Talentys SA
Real User
Leaderboard
Helps to write protocols for IP addresses that come in or out of your network

What is our primary use case?

I use this solution as a matrix for the traffic feed, for collecting the traffic from one server to another or from one link to another, and to write rules for firewalls. I mostly use it to filter traffic. I don’t use it to properly filter, but to have a better idea of what kind of traffic is entering my network. The network technicians, network engineers, and security team need visibility. I can give them the information they need so that they can easily do their job. Currently, two to five people use this for deployment and maintenance. Some people can work on the disc paths or storage… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "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."

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution as nine out of ten. If you have the opportunity, I would strongly encourage you to get it, because it makes the IT experience easier and more flexible, by providing the ability to see things in your networks like the directory packet label.
RY
Support Engineer at Talentys SA
Real User
Leaderboard
Captures and stores packets for analysis now or in the future

What is our primary use case?

It's network monitoring performance and diagnosis. It has performed very well. It's very helpful when you want visibility into your network; not only visibility, but also the application performance and the packet captures and more. So it's very helpful.

Pros and Cons

  • "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"
  • "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."

What other advice do I have?

The most important criteria when selecting a vendor is to know that the product has been there for a long time, that they have some stability, they have some experience in the market. For example, if you have to choose between two products, one just coming out, and the other one is 20 years on the market, the product that's been there for 20 years, they have experience, they have stability. Also, the features of the product, that they are leaders in that particular field. It should be very easy to see the difference between it and other products. What this can do and what others cannot do. I…
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IT Network Professional at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
Provides long term capture and analysis capabilities.

What other advice do I have?

I have been working with the Observer-GigaStor platform since 2006 and experienced some stability issues the first few years under Network Instruments. When Viavi released their Gen2 platform, we saw major improvements in the GigaStor Expandable platform. Their 144T unit handled 20Gbps consistently from your monitoring fabric. We recently upgraded to the new Gen3 GigaStor system because our growth demands required the new 40Gbps write to disk capability. Use it in conjunction with a SDN monitoring fabric.
Network Engineer Sr at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
Industry-leading line rates, packet-capture technology and data-mining capabilities are valuable.

What other advice do I have?

We monitor top-x applications and management traffic, i.e., DNS, SNMP traffic, etc., since the management traffic can be used for root-cause analysis.
MFG Diagnostic Integrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Consultant
The long-term data storage is valuable to our organization.

What other advice do I have?

Go take a look at it. It's a great product and has great capabilities. Make sure to sign up for the trainings. I didn't get involved much with the pricing and licensing from purchasing groups, but definitely get involved with the training to bring yourself up to speed quickly.