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Network Instruments Observer Management Server

  • Overview

  • Key Features

  • Integration

  • Deployment

  • Tech Specs

  • Resources

Enterprise-Wide Authentication, Authorization, and Auditing Accomplish more and improve performance in less time with the Observer Management Server.

This enterprise management system was developed to meet the distinct needs of network professionals with Observer Apex, Observer Analyzer, Observer Infrastructure (OI), and Observer Probe installations.

The user-friendly, HTML5 interface features the same easy-to-use drag-and-drop, right click, and scrolling capabilities you’d expect from any web-based application so you can authenticate user access and passwords, administer upgrades, and streamline management from a single, centralized location.

Ideal for compliance, Observer Management Server (OMS) manages an extensive menu of essential tasks and delegates specific IT jobs on a tiered authorization basis to appropriately credentialed network team members. TLS-based communication security safeguards sensitive user data while in transit.

What can you do more efficiently with Observer Management Server?

  • Authenticate IT staff for the entire Observer Platform from one central location
  • Integrate with third-party authentication servers including AD, RADIUS, TACACS+, and more
  • Authorize user access according to clearance credentials or asset group
  • Audit user access and activity related to company-sensitive data
  • Manage user passwords and permissions
  • Define access rights by user, user group, or asset group
  • Automatically license new Observer Platform components connecting to the network
  • Easily and efficiently administer software upgrades across the Observer Platform

A more comprehensive tool than any other product – all for a very sensible cost.
- Alstom

Manage AAA Across the Observer Platform

Authentication

Observer Management Server (OMS) determines clearance levels for users accessing the assets on the network via an internal list or using third-party integration with technologies like RADIUS, Active Directory, TACACS+, and more.

Authorization

Determine appropriate permissions for Observer GigaStor or Observer Probe connections, report access, capture initiation, accessing of reports, and more. OMS defines role-based permissions, helping you lock down security.

Auditing and Accounting

Know how users access remote resources. OMS logs username, IP address, Probe connection, and activity history.

Version Control, including Centralized License Distribution

OMS version control functionality upgrades and downgrades any tool as needed or desired. When new versions that require license changes are released, these can be distributed via OMS, automating the entire upgrade process.

OMS also provides options if you want to control the upgrade schedule. OMS centralized licensing allows you to:

    • Quickly and efficiently authorize multiple Observer products
    • Manage multiple types of licenses such as Observer Analyzer Expert Edition, Suite, and software or hardware Probes

    Third Party Integration

    OMS provides a RESTful API enabling you to interface with it remotely using external management tools such as Manager of Manager and service orchestration tools. Share user information with third-party apps, and integrate into audit, security, and configuration management workflows.

    Security and Failover Protection

    OMS also protects analysis tools against connection failures. With redundant OMS in place, real-time analysis and distributed visibility continue even if the primary OMS becomes unavailable. With this option, communication is secure and uninterrupted.

    Analysis Tools with Observer Management Server

    OMS offers a centralized repository of tools like filters and protocol definitions commonly used by administrators to ensure only relevant data is displayed or collected – ultimately speeding troubleshooting and analysis. This technology ensures secure communication by encrypting and authenticating all data sent across the network. It also provides integrated, multi-vendor support for centralized hardware security modules (HSMs), securely managing SSL keys for encryption analysis and reinforcing compliance initiatives.

    With OMS, it's easy to share filter libraries between probes and across the network with other Observer users. Upload or download filter lists to or from OMS as often as needed.

    Share filters:

    • Share your organization's application definitions database. This benefits your enterprise because key solutions configurations are centralized and shared for standardization and control – creating enterprise-wide network consistency.

Observer Platform Integration

Each part of the Observer Performance Management Platform fits perfectly with all other components, and increases troubleshooting capabilities, power, and speed.

Observer Management Server (OMS) supports deployments of the Observer Platform with centralized authentication, authorization, and auditing (AAA). Manage AAA to all of your network assets with drag-and-drop functionality on an easy, highly visual control interface. Add, change, or delete users with a click of the mouse while safeguarding sensitive user data in transit with TLS-based communication security.

Observer Platform Integration

How is Observer Management Server Deployed?

Observer Management Server (OMS) is a vital component to the Observer Platform. Deploy as an appliance with pre-installed software, or install OMS software on your own hardware.

Best Practices:

  • OMS should ideally be deployed in a datacenter with other servers. It requires a centrally located placement so probes and consoles have fast, reliable access for authentication, content sharing, and other functions.
  • RESTful API allows OMS to seamlessly deploy with third-party solutions.
  • OMS works with the entire Observer Platform to provide simplified enterprise-wide management of these systems.

Technical Specifications

Observer Management Server (OMS) is offered in two forms: software only or as a 1U appliance. An optional redundant power supply is available with th appliance.

Hardware Tech Specification

Power Consumption (Full Load)
Input voltage: 100V-240V auto select
Input frequency: 50/60Hz
117W (399 Btu/h)

Operating Temperature
32 F (0 C) to 104 F (40 C)

Weight:
27 lbs (12.3 kg)

Dimensions:
19 in (W) x 1.73 in (H) x 25.76 in (mounting depth)
48.3 cm (W) x 4.4 cm (H) x 65.4 cm (mounting depth)

Lights Out Capability
Manage, monitor and control the probe remotely using an intuitive web-based interface via the IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) v1.5 / 2.0 with KVM support.

Deploying Probes and Analyzers in an Enterprise Environment

Contact Us

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(800) 561-4019

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613-498-0075

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