Viavi Intros 'Observer' to Address Surging Traffic Growth, Emerging Technology, and Security Threats

Industry's first 40 Gbps wire rate analytics, traffic, and storage solution with real-time reporting

Milpitas, Calif., January 11, 2017 – Viavi Solutions (NASDAQ: VIAV) today announced the availability of the new Observer Platform, an industry-leading solution for network performance management. As global network traffic growth continues to defy expectations, enterprises are compelled to embrace advanced technologies to keep up, while security threats multiply in intensity and complexity. Anticipating these market trends, Viavi has redesigned the Observer Platform, including Observer GigaStor and Apex, to address IT departments' changing demands. 

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 same study showed that IT departments are accelerating their adoption of advanced technologies such as higher-capacity data center interconnects, software-defined networking (SDN), and cloud. As the threat of security breaches from the outside—including more recently from the proliferating Internet of Things (IoT)—continues to grow, enterprises have an increasing need for robust platforms to maintain comprehensive network visibility in a rapidly evolving environment.

For back-in-time analysis, GigaStor has been redesigned from its very foundation 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.

Key updates to the Observer Platform include:

• 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 center configuration.

"More than just metadata, Viavi delivers the purity of complete forensic data at 40 Gbps wire-rate data center 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.

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