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Overview A Better Network Perspective

Probe image WAN Probe Probes provide a direct, passive link to data streams, offering an independent, trusted view of network traffic. Why can’t users connect to the net through a WAN link? Why is the link slow? Is it a bandwidth issue or the ISP? Gigabit Probe For those requiring wire-speed, full-duplex capture, deploy a probe to add Gigabit or 10 Gb analysis, statistics, trending, and reporting to any Observer Expert or Observer Suite console. Fibre Channel Probe Viavi Solutions’ robust analysis and hardware appliances combine to monitor and troubleshoot storage area networks (SANs). Ensure accurate captures on saturated SANs with our custom Gen2 Capture Card, found in the core of every Fibre Channel Probe Appliance.

WAN Probe Appliance

Complete WAN Analysis Access 30+ real-time WAN performance stats, multiple WAN-specific filtering options, comprehensive error summaries, and verify and enforce SLAs. Ensures full-duplex capture on serial HSSI, digital T3/DS3/E3, and serial and digital T1/E1, OC3 and OC12. WAN Probe Analysis Features Get to the heart of the problem with WAN-specific Vital Signs, MultiHop Analysis, Alarms, Filtering, Real-Time Experts, and Reports and Trending. Easy Deployment
  • 4U rack mount unit
  • Configure as a local console for on-site analysis
  • Reports to any Observer Expert or Observer Suite console
Comprehensive Analysis Observer Expert and Observer Suite provide comprehensive analysis of WAN data. Apply tools such as VoIP Analysis, Application Analysis, Connection Dynamics, Top Talkers, Internet Observer, and VLAN Analysis.

Gigabit/10 Gb Probe Appliance

Gigabit Probe Appliance Monitor up to 8 ports on full-duplex gigabit links; switch between copper and optical. 10 Gb Probe Appliance Perform real-time analysis and filtering on full-duplex 10 Gb links. Wire-speed capture and buffers up to 24 GB to avoid packet loss. Local processing means less overhead. Real-Time Analysis Consult real-time metrics like Top Talkers and application stats and solve issues fast with our Expert system. Plan better with custom reports and trending. Easy to Deploy 4U rack-mountable unit reports to Observer Expert or Observer Suite. Configure as a local console for on-site analysis. High-Capacity RMON Probe Appliance For full-duplex analysis with RMON consoles or collection facilities. Supports RMON/HCRMON standards. Includes necessary hardware, including nTAPs and the Gen2 Gigabit Capture Card.

Fibre Channel Probe Appliance

With an industry-leading 24 GB memory buffer (maximum) and the Gen2 Capture Card, the Fibre Channel probe appliance ensures complete, accurate SAN captures. Industry-Leading Performance Ensure full-duplex, wire-speed captures and avoid packet loss with our 24 GB buffer. Monitor up to 2 full-duplex links independently or in aggregate and gain visibility into trunked links. And local processing means less overhead. Real-Time Analysis Obtain real-time metrics such as top communicating disk subsystems, protocol distribution, and error counts. Solve issues immediately with the included Expert system, and plan for the future with custom reports and trending. Easy-to-Deploy
  • 4U rack-mountable unit
  • Reports to Observer Expert or Observer Suite
  • Configure as local console for on-site analysis
Includes an nTAP network TAP.

Technical Specifications

All hardware probe appliances connect to any Observer Expert, Observer Suite, or RMON/HCRMON compliant console on the network. Also includes a local Expert Observer console. These units include all required cabling, copper or optical nTAPs (depending on configuration selected), a 10/100/1000 ethernet management port, and CD-RW drive. Each unit is a dual-processor system with Windows XP Pro 64.
WAN Probe Appliance Gigabit Probe Appliance
Platform 4 U 19-in. rack-mountable probe appliance Dimensions English: 19 in. (W) x 6.78 in. (H) x 18.5 in. (Mounting Depth) [Full probe depth with handles: 20.4 in.] Metric 48.26 cm (W) x 17.22 cm (H) x 46.99 cm (Mounting Depth) [Full probe depth with handles: 51.82 cm] Adapter Custom-designed WAN adapter Hard Drive 250 GB 7200 RPM Link Speeds For Link Speeds up to T1/E1: 2-Port, 4-Port Serial (V.35, RS232/EIA530, RS449, X.25), 2-Port Digital (RJ48), 4-Port Digital (RJ48) T1 Digital supports Extended Super Frame (ESF) or Super Frame (D4), Line encoding B8ZS or AMI E1 Digital supports unframed and framed with or without CRC4, Line encoding HDB3 or AMI For DS3/T3/E3 Links: 1-Port Serial (HSSI), 1-Port Digital (Coax) DS3/T3 Digital supports DSU mode 1(Kentrox CSU compatibility) and C-bit framing E3 Digital supports DSU mode 1(Kentrox CSU compatibility) and G.751 framing Encapsulation Supported: HDLC-Cisco, Frame Relay (IETF & Cisco), PPP, LAPB modulo128, LAPB Modulo 8, X.25 (over LAPB modulo128), X.25 (over LAPB Modulo 8), ATM-DXI (ATM Data Exchange), SDLC - SNA over HDLC (Modulo 128), and SDLC - SNA over HDLC (Modulo 8) Power Consumption 100V-240V Auto Select Platform 4 U 19-in. rack-mountable probe appliance Dimensions English: 19 in. (W) x 7 in. (H) x 18.5 in. (Mounting Depth) [Full probe depth with handles: 20.4 in.] Metric 48.3 cm (W) x 17.7 cm (H) x 46.99 cm (Mounting Depth) [Full probe depth with handles: 51.82 cm] Weight 40 lbs (18.1 kg) Capture Card Custom-designed, full-duplex Gen2 Gigabit Capture Card with multiple link support (2, 4, or 8) Hard Drive 250GB hard drive 7200 RPM Power Consumption 0.125 A in “off” state, power consumption = 15W 2 A Max at startup, power consumption = 240W 1.8 A at full load, power consumption = 220 Input Voltage 100V-240V Auto Select
10Gb Probe Appliance Fibre Channel Probe Appliance
Platform 4 U 19-in. rack-mountable probe appliance Dimensions English: 19 in. (W) x 6.78 in. (H) x 18.5 in. (Mounting Depth) [Full probe depth with handles: 20.4 in.] Metric 48.26 cm (W) x 17.22 cm (H) x 46.99 cm (Mounting Depth) [Full probe depth with handles: 51.82 cm] Weight 40 lbs (18.1 kg) Capture Card Custom-designed full-duplex dual-receive Gen2 Capture Card Hard Drive 250GB hard drive 7200 RPM Power Consumption 0.125 A in “off” state, power consumption = 15W 2 A Max at startup, power consumption = 240W 1.8 A at full load, power consumption = 220 Platform 4 U 19-in. rack-mountable probe appliance Dimensions English: 19 in. (W) x 6.78 in. (H) x 18.5 in. (Mounting Depth) [Full probe depth with handles: 20.4 in.] Metric 48.26 cm (W) x 17.22 cm (H) x 46.99 cm (Mounting Depth) [Full probe depth with handles: 51.82 cm] Weight 40 lbs (18.1 kg) Capture Card Custom-designed full-duplex Gen2 Gigabit Capture Card. Hard Drive 250GB hard drive 7200 RPM Power Consumption 100V-240V Auto Select