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Network Instruments Observer Analyzer

  • Overview

  • Key Features

  • Integration

  • Deployment

  • What's New

  • Requirements

  • Resources

Elevate Performance. Reduce Downtime. Observer Analyzer understands complex VM environments and manages UC deployments, network performance, applications, and more.

With robust and comprehensive analysis, Observer Analyzer offers immediate issue resolution and builds long-term performance improvements. It provides the complete package needed by network managers, architects, and engineers to achieve peak performance:

  • Total visibility into network and application health
  • High-level to granular views
  • Detailed HTTP tracking for client browser and OS type
  • Customized Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • In-depth troubleshooting with root-cause analysis
  • Application performance analytics
  • Expert Analysis alerts you to potential problems and solution strategies
  • Over 30 real-time statistics including bandwidth usage, LAN use patterns, and more

How do network teams benefit from Observer Analyzer?

They manage the impact of new application rollouts on the network; validate performance for telepresence initiatives; distinguish network issues from application malfunctions; and apply baseline intelligence for preventive management of critical applications. Analyzer is essential for the following:

  • Application performance
  • Service assurance
  • Network performance
  • UC deployment
  • Complex VM environments
  • Cloud computing

From Apple Talk to VoIP, Analyzer delivers individual packets views and decodes over 740 primary protocols and countless sub-protocols.

Observer Analyzer actually makes you succeed faster.
- Eglin Air Force Base

Application Performance

Reduce downtime and increase productivity with in-depth, contextual application analysis. Get response time data for thousands of applications plus performance metrics, transaction detail, and predictive analytics that show the network impact of new application deployments.

Expert Analysis

Get immediate intelligence in both real time and post capture using Expert Events for TCP, UDP, VoIP, Wireless, and more. It tracks and organizes common services, flags response performance by severity, tracks port-based protocols for slow response, and differentiates between network and application problems with local traffic and WAN/Internet traffic distinction. Enhanced HTTP application monitoring offers deep insight into how web-based applications are operating, as well as how users are accessing IT resources, including browser type and operating system.

Conversation Analytics

The only network analyzer that offers Connection Dynamics, it graphically breaks down individual network conversations piece-by-piece, pinpointing which request or response is causing the issue. Retransmissions and dropped packets are flagged for instant recognition of the issue source. Spaces between conversation sections identify latency and response time issues. TCP/UDP Expert Events show excessive retransmissions, and provide an explanation of the problem and possible causes.

Trending

Use network trending to forecast IT needs or justify upgrades with comparative reports. View and analyze network traffic stats over periods of time — from days to years. Trending metrics can be broadly applied to meet diverse challenges like translating web traffic into Internet usage data to appropriately bill departments on service use.

Troubleshooting

Perform in-depth troubleshooting with an interface that provides intuitive workflows for quick problem resolution. Deep drill-down capabilities with root-cause analysis pinpoint issues at the source with accuracy and ease. High-performance packet capture, decode, and filtering capabilities offer additional support.

Triggers & Alarms

Analyzer deploys ongoing monitoring of activity levels and immediately sends prioritized alerts when network fluctuations cross your pre-set levels. It gives you the following alert options: emails, paging, trouble tickets, or kick starting an automated packet capture.

Features also include flagging activities or errors from a pre-defined list; setting custom notifications based on any filter; obtaining email with virus information (including source and destination); and placing triggers on any WLAN activity.

Packet Capture

Analyzer's packet capture, decode, and filtering capabilities are second to none. It lets you view individual packets and decode for over 740 primary protocols and countless sub-protocols. Observer filters packets quickly and efficiently by address, address range, protocol offsets, and protocol presets using the intuitive GUI and by-command line.

Observer Platform Integration

Observer Analyzer is part of the Observer Performance Management Platform where each product seamlessly works together to create IT management solutions for complex environments. It also connects with larger enterprise IT initiatives, including integration with IBM Tivoli and HP OpenView.

Analyzer is often connected with GigaStor, Apex, and Observer Infrastructure to increase management performance power.

  • Use Analyzer with GigaStor for long-term data capture and in-depth analysis on historical events.
  • Analyzer is also used with GigaStor for forensics analysis and stream reconstruction.
  • Analyzer pairs with Apex for high-level or aggregate reporting, enterprise-wide reporting, and global alerting.
  • Observer Infrastructure is a device visibility solution often used with Analyzer to filter captures on devices.

Observer Analyzer

How is Observer Analyzer Deployed?

Observer Analyzer deployment is flexible, intuitive, and problem-free.

The Observer Analyzer software is most frequently deployed on a network engineer’s laptop and used for diverse purposes like connecting to Observer GigaStor and probes; acquiring data via local interfaces like wireless and Gigabit cards; and providing advanced Expert Analysis to packet captures acquired by third party devices. Additionally, some organizations may choose a centrally deployed Analyzer Suite for ongoing trending-data monitoring and analysis or the processing of alarms and alerts.

The optimized performance tuning and data collection of the Observer Analyzer allows for faster root cause analysis while expanded web-based tracking delivers detailed end-user analysis

Version Control Management

Check for and download all Observer Platform updates and version releases quickly and easily from within the product interface. Improved version control management saves time and allows you to access all new features and functions as they become available. Keep your licenses up to date and running smoothly.

HTTP Application Monitoring

Enhanced HTTP application monitoring offers deep insight into how web-based applications are operating and how users are accessing IT resources, including information on browser type and operating system.

Microsoft UC Support

Get in-depth support for the Microsoft UC platform. Obtain summary views of UC/VoIP metrics and qualify user experience on a per-call basis. In conjunction with tracking VoIP, teams can monitor Microsoft Lync server health by pairing Analyzer with Observer Infrastructure.

Third-Party Analysis

Multiple tools to manage and investigate performance issues are no longer needed because Analyzer now has integrated support for third-party analysis and exporting captures for external analysis and security solutions. This means you can send captures to security devices, compliance and forensic tools, and other network analyzers.

System Requirements

As with any network analysis product, more RAM and faster processors improve performance. Network Instruments does not support configurations with less than the minimum stated requirements.

Minimum system requirements

Dual core Pentium class processor
2 GB RAM
Windows 7 (64-bit operating system)
Recommended system requirements

Quad core Pentium class processor
8 GB RAM
Supports

LAN – 10/100, 1Gb, 10Gb, 40Gb
WLAN – 802.11a/b/g/n

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