The WAN Observer Suite System delivers:
statistics for capacity planning and provider
- Real-time error displays for congestion
- Pinpoint WAN flow problems before
they become WAN flow disasters
- Long-term Trending
for reporting and baselining
- Complete capture and
decode of all WAN traffic
- Inexpensive Probes provide
visibility locally or remotely
- WAN speeds up to
- Demarcation-point (digital) or between
CSU/DSU and router (serial) monitoring
- Passive solution based on non
intrusive TAPs that can be left
inline for easy
removal of the analyzer without interruption
of the data flow
Wide-Area-Network (WAN) connectivity and throughput
validation is a critical part of a healthy, cost effective
remote connectivity strategy. With WAN costs accounting
for the majority of the network's ongoing operating budget,
tracking performance is critical. Monitoring WAN links
for flow, errors and Service Level Agreement (SLA) verification
no longer needs to be only for carriers and expensive
The WAN Observer Suite System (WOSS) provides an affordable
solution to monitor traffic flow, error metrics and long-term
histories. Additionally, the WOSS offers a complete and
independent view of your carrier's performance and gives
you the ability to pinpoint WAN problems in real-time.
The WOSS system provides comprehensive metrics for SLA
verification, complete end-to-end application monitoring,
long-term trending of statistics, user alarms and an
expert system to help diagnose common WAN link problems.
The Observer family of products provides WAN, LAN and
WLAN monitoring and analysis all from a single console,
making monitoring your WAN not only as easy as monitoring
other network resources, but also fits seamlessly into
any existing Observer environment. Because the WOSS can
integrate into the larger "Distributed by Design" Observer
architecture, you can monitor your local WAN link, a
remote link (the other side), and the network side of
the WAN connection - all simultaneously.
The WAN Observer Suite System is a turnkey system built
to monitor WAN links in real-time, and offers multiple
configurations to support a wide range of speeds and
Trusted, Independent Metrics for Troubleshooting,
Capacity Planning, and Vendor SLA Verification
Statistics - Real-time information
is displayed by Data Link Connection Identifiers (DLCI),
Private Virtual Circuit (PVC) or whole link. DLCI's
and CIRs are auto-discovered or CIRs may be user defined.
Data flow rates are displayed by link, DLCI and % of
CIR for each DLCI or PVC.
Errors - Errors are displayed by
link, DLCI or PVC, and congestion errors (FECN, BECN
and DE) are displayed in aggregate or when encountered
as data rates are below CIR.
Alarms - User configurable triggers
and alarms warn of congestion, errors, utilization
and the occurrence/non-occurrence of a DLCI. Alarm
actions include sending an SNMP trap, notify by pager,
email or sound an audible alarm.
Capture/Decode - Complete capture
and decode of WAN encapsulation and payload data provides
detailed packet-by-packet information. Filter traffic
by DLCI or IP address, using one of the hundreds of
pre-defined protocol filters, or create your own. Over
500 protocols decoded. Supports packet capture buffers
up to 2GB.
Trending - Observer's award winning
long-term trending and baselining facility help determine
usage trends and puts today's statistics into perspective.
Historical information can be kept for days, weeks,
months or years.
Distributed by Design - Because the
WOSS fits into the larger Observer product family,
monitoring multiple links or multiple topologies simultaneously
is as easy as clicking on a different Probe. Probes
could be in the next rack, or across the world - Observer's
distributed by design architecture gives you complete
network visibility, from a single console.
Real-time Expert - Observer's real-time
expert system displays hundreds of expert items in
a format that makes troubleshooting a breeze. A summary
window shows critical WAN and network anomalies. All
conversations are broken down by application and problem
devices are flagged for further investigation.
Passive Solution - All WAN data analyzed
by the WOSS is via a passive TAP device that continues
to function whether the analyzer is installed or removed,
and whether power is provided or not. Because the TAP
device is completely passive, your WAN traffic is protected - the
analyzer can not, and will not affect the WAN data
flow in any way.
WAN Observer Suite System Speed/Link Options
For Link Speeds up to T1/E1: 1-Port Serial
(V.35, RS232/EIA530/V.24, RS449, X.21/V.11/R.422), 2-Port Digital
(RJ45), 4-Port Digital (RJ45)
For DS3/T3/E3 Links: 1-Port Serial (HSSI),
1-Port Digital (Coax)
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) and ATM-DXI (ATM Data Exchange)
The WAN Observer Suite System Includes
The WOSS portable analyzer includes a ruggedized portable
system with a 14" Color Display, 512Mb RAM, 80GB HD,
pre-installed copy of Observer Suite software, WAN
adapter, Passive TAP, 10/100 NIC, Windows O/S, all
required cabling and a soft-sided travel case.
The WAN Observer Suite System is a complete, turnkey
system for analyzing a WAN link(s); no additional hardware
or software is required.
Additional Probes (software-only for Ethernet and 802.11
(a/b/g); hardware kits and rack-mount for additional
WAN and Gigabit are sold separately.
System configurations are subject to change.