Network Instruments Announces Observer Infrastructure v4.0
August 29, 2012
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Network Instruments announced version 4.0 of Observer Infrastructure (OI).

A new 64-bit foundation and significant cross-platform integration enhancements ensure dramatic improvements in system and application monitoring performance – helping IT teams control sprawling IT infrastructure.

In addition, unified communication (UC) and cloud service awareness have been expanded with a host of new monitors. These include comprehensive access to the Microsoft Lync Server Quality of Experience (QoE) database, and expanded views into Amazon Web Services (AWS) estimated usage charges.
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Growth in the size and complexity of IT infrastructure is primarily driven by two factors: data center build-outs and large-scale cloud deployments. To secure the benefits of these new initiatives requires IT teams to embrace highly adaptable and scalable monitoring technologies.

OI version 4.0 is built to address these challenges through a redesigned 64-bit version that takes advantage of latest in OS functionality to boost performance. Additionally, tighter, streamlined integration with Observer Reporting Server provides more dynamic report aggregation and improved operational responsiveness. These changes boost performance today and lay the groundwork for future product advancements.

“Our large enterprise customers need comprehensive and effective infrastructure monitoring that provides real-time awareness of their entire IT eco-sphere," said Charles Thompson, Director of Product Strategy for Network Instruments. “The OI architectural changes will ensure we continue to deliver on this requirement."

UC rollouts and the increasing embracement of cloud computing by organizations drive the need for greater monitoring insight. With the release of OI 4.0, the wealth of summary and individual call details residing within the Quality of Experience (QoE) database of Microsoft Lync Server is now fully accessible. Determining actual AWS cloud usage numbers which is crucial data for IT teams assessing true operating costs, is now simplified for OI users. Support for security infrastructure has also been enhanced, providing increased visibility via IPFIX-based reporting from devices such as SonicWALL network and security products.

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