Network Instruments GigaStor
Rewind. Review. Resolve.
Stop Missing Critical Network Events.
GigaStor plays a significant role for transaction-heavy organizations in data mining, network forensics, and data retention compliance. 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? The end of finger-pointing between network and application teams. Fast and accurate issue identification. 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 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, storing up to 5 PB of network data for days, weeks, or months.
What advantages does GigaStor offer network teams?
- Back-in-time functionality
- Data storage capacity up to 5 PB
- Exclusive Gen2 packet capture technology
- Superior scalability
- Root-cause analysis
- Platform integration
- Latency identification
- Portable options
- Server delay tracking
- Application-specific error monitoring
- Expert Analytics
Its high performance RAID array permits continuous capture of live traffic at full-duplex gigabit, 10 Gb, and 40 Gb line rates. Network teams can choose from a selection of sizes and from console and portable versions. Use the GigaStor calculator to estimate what size is right for your organization.
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.
Sift through petabytes 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, NetFlow data, 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.
The Gen2 Card is exclusively built and engineered by Network Instruments. Designed to maximize 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.
Analysis at the Probe
When developing the Observer 15 platform, Network Instruments made an architectural leap and virtually eliminated all analysis traffic from the network. This reduces overhead and provides more scalability because you can add more visibility points – without impacting network traffic or the ability to process from a single console. An ideal solution for the world's largest analysis deployments, benefits include a 97 percent reduction in overhead and bandwidth.
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: 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
Choose the right GigaStor for your organization's size and needs. Network Instruments offers an array of options in an assortment of form-factors, network speeds, port counts, and capacities that range from 2 TB to 5 PB. Ask us what options are best for you
Data Center: Field Extendable Flexibility
The field-flexible GigaStor models delivers the industry's best storage density, largest capacity, and highest sustained, independently verified packet-capture performance. All this – in a robust custom designed chassis loaded with fault-tolerant features. For the ultimate in flexibility and data center rack optimization, choose one of these models and gain unsurpassed post-event application and network analysis capability.
Increase Storage with GigaStor Upgradeable
GigaStor Upgradeable provides in-field expansion of storage by adding drives from the front of the unit without removing it from the rack. It's available in 2U and 5U form factors. The 2U is designed for network edge and branch locations, supporting from 2 TB to 16 TB of storage in four drive increments. The 5U chassis has the flexibility to support 8 to 48 TB of storage and is ideal for the data center, distribution layer, and server access layer.
Grow with GigaStor Expandable
GigaStor Expandable allows growing enterprises to deploy the optimal packet capture for their distinct environment. Nothing in the application performance monitoring arena matches the GigaStor Expandable for retrospective network analysis or shear scalability and performance. The most adaptable GigaStor model, it supports the widest range of options, from 2 to 12 ports.
Grab Everything with GigaStor 10 Gb Wire Speed
Want to grab every byte of traffic in your highest utilization core links or virtualized server farm connections? This is your solution. Preconfigured to accomplish this one objective with two ports and 144 TB of capacity, it's ready for your most demanding 10 Gb links right out of the box.
SAN: Deployment Simplicity
Quick and cost-effective, the GigaStor SAN can deploy massive amounts of package capture capacity with ease. Offload captures to your existing SAN storage resources by leveraging the intelligence of GigaStor SAN. Acting like a storage head unit, it offers the numerous functions you've come to expect from GigaStor in a single 4U appliance.
On the Run: Portable Visibility
The GigaStor Portable is the first self-contained mobile forensics system. 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.
Network Instruments has engineered a full-service IT platform for optimizing application and network performance management. Each part of the system fits perfectly with all other components, and increases capabilities, power, and speed. Explore how GigaStor works with the products described below.
GigaStor works seamlessly with the Observer Expert console for Expert Analysis, trending, alerting, and more. Observer helps network teams understand packet flow across the network and its impact on network health, and GigaStor adds post-event functionalities so that packets can be stored and reviewed if needed, ensuring no sporadic application abnormalities or security risks are missed.
Observer Reporting Server (ORS)
Observer Reporting Server serves as the center of the Network Instruments performance management platform. It combines flow technologies, captured packets, and expert analysis to provide an overall view of network health. Combine GigaStor with ORS and accelerate troubleshooting speed through retrospective network analysis (RNA), pinpointing issues by rewinding the network to exact times and users. ORS and GigaStor working together provides baselining capability, easy drilldowns into key metrics, large-scale correlations, and more.
Capture packets with GigaStor and effortlessly launch alternate solutions to manage and investigate performance issues on the network. Mine data and automatically launch analysis of data within third-party tools alongside Observer analytics. GigaStor captures can be easily exported to security devices, compliance and forensic tools, and other network analyzers.
The GigaStor can be easily mounted in a standard rack unit. By utilizing the nTAPs included, you can insert and remove the GigaStor around the network without disruption of flow. The GigaStor reports back to Observer Expert and Observer Suite consoles for in-depth analysis.
If desired, GigaStor can be configured as a local console for on-site analysis. And because the GigaStor integrates into Network Instruments’ Unified Architecture, it works seamlessly with other Network Instruments products.
- Place GigaStors in the data center core
- Locate near servers to capture their server-to-server traffic
- The distribution layer is another optimal position for GigaStor
Is visibility into your complex network architecture a challenge? Multi-GigaStor analysis simplifies access to the critical information you need. Using multiple GigaStors, now you can quickly get relevant content from different perspectives across multiple models. Our optimized Multi-GigaStor Analysis feature combines data from multiple appliances into a single pane of glass, providing aggregated statistical analysis of all your metrics.
VoIP and videoconferencing are complex communications – difficult to isolate and troubleshoot without using advanced GigaStor features such as call extract. It streamlines the process of locating and extracting VoIP and video call sessions, saving hours of troubleshooting time and ensuring all relevant activity has been identified for investigation. Just enter a variable such as a phone number or Caller ID, and the system will automatically piece communications together for analysis.
- Faster, more flexible gigabit and 10 Gb packet capture and RNA
- Synchronized hardware-accelerated filtering for up to 12 ports
- Flexible hardware deduplication (100 percent dedup efficiency, no latency introduced)
In addition to 5U, the GigaStor Upgradeable now offers a 2U option. It provides the same fault-tolerant capabilities as the 5U, including redundant fans and power supplies, hot-swap drives, and Lights out Management (LOM). The 2U extends high-speed packet capture and retrospective network analysis to the network edge or branch office sites in a cost-effective, field-scalable platform that supports 2 TB to 16 TB of storage in four drive increments. The 5U chassis continues to have the flexibility to support 8 to 48 TB of storage, and is ideal for the data center, distribution layer, and server access layer.
Using multiple tools to manage and investigate performance issues on the network? Observer 15 now supports third-party analysis capabilities. It enables you to actually launch the third party tool from GigaStor to external analysis and security solutions.
- Mine data and automatically launch analysis of data within third-party tools alongside Observer analytics.
- Observer and GigaStor captures can be sent to IPS/IDS and security devices, compliance and forensic tools, and other network analyzers.
All GigaStor appliances include a local Observer Expert console and can connect to any Observer Expert, Suite, or RMON/HCRMON compliant console on the network.
To ensure wire-speed and line-rate capture, each system includes the Network Instruments' unique full-duplex Gen2 capture card with multiple-link support.
Each unit also includes a 500 GB internal hard disk, all required cabling, a dual-processor system with Windows XP Pro 64-bit Edition, a 10/100/1000 Ethernet management port, and a DVD+/- RW DL.
The appliances support multiple topologies: Gigabit, 10 Gb, 40 Gb, Fibre Channel, WAN, or OC.
|GigaStor Portable||2-4 TB|
|GigaStor Upgradeable||8-48 TB|
|GigaStor Expandable||48 TB-5 PB|
|GigaStor 10 Gb Wire Speed||144 TB|
Offload to SAN: 16, 48, 144, 576 TB