Viavi’s Observer Platform addresses surging traffic and security threats ‘for next decade’

Created January 19, 2017
Technologies and Products

Viavi Solutions has launched the Observer Platform, an industry-leading solution for network performance management. As global network traffic growth continues to defy expectations, enterprises need to embrace advanced technologies, while security threats multiply. Anticipating these market trends, Viavi has redesigned the Observer Platform, including Observer GigaStor and Apex.

According to Viavi’s 2016 State of the Network study, bandwidth requirements continue to exceed enterprises’ own predictions, and 48 percent expect bandwidth to double from 2016 to 2017. The study also showed that IT departments are accelerating the adoption of technologies such as higher-capacity data centre interconnects, software-defined networking, and Cloud services.

As the threat of security breaches from the outside — including more recently from the proliferating Internet of Things — continues to grow, enterprises have an increasing need for robust platforms to maintain comprehensive network visibility in a rapidly evolving environment, the company asserts.

For back-in-time analysis, GigaStor has been redesigned to provide customers with readiness for internal and external service delivery turbulence. Apex complements GigaStor with an all-new analytics and reporting engine for total situational awareness via contextual workflows integrated into intuitive dashboards.

Updates to Observer Platform
– Custom-designed Gen3 capture card with 40 Gbps capture rate and accelerated analytics, providing the industry’s fastest access to stored packet data and analysis;
– Exclusively designed, fault-tolerant custom enclosures support four years of uninterrupted, 100% duty-cycle, line-rate capture without dropping a single packet for the ultimate in transaction visibility and peace of mind;
– Standard operational network, application, and unified communications workflows are automated to mirror the way IT teams approach these three most common types of issues enabling faster analysis and resolution;
– All new models are tailored to customer use cases, accommodating any location, network, or data centre configuration.

“More than just metadata, Viavi delivers complete forensic data at 40 Gbps wire-rate data centre speeds to help ensure troubleshooting and threat intelligence information is always available,” said Douglas Roberts, Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise & Cloud Business Unit, Viavi Solutions.

More information at Viavi Solutions’ website

Matthew Peach

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.