Network Instruments Releases Observer 12.1

New features include VoIP reporting and time-based analysis

Network Instruments today released version 12.1 of Observer, its network monitoring and analysis product.

The latest release includes the Application Analysis feature, which lets users create "multiple profiles, which allow them to select and monitor a group of network servers and devices within a designated subset," according to a press release. It also features what the company calls "time interval analysis" -- reports that track connections' performance statistics graphically and over time.

Other features include decoding for the Financial Information Exchange protocol, VoIP reporting, and integration between GigaStor and Observer Reporting Server.

According to Network Instruments president and co-founder Douglas Smith, many features found in version 12.1 of Observer are the result of feedback from customers.

"The increased customization offered in Application Analysis and support for financial markets protocols were ideas that came from our financial markets customers," Smith said in a statement. "In VoIP, where we have developed market-leading expert analysis capabilities, we expanded reporting, making it easier for network engineers to view performance information and call quality metrics over long periods of time, either in an aggregate or call-by-call basis."

The Observer Expert edition -- which comes with VoIP reporting, Application Analysis and time interval analysis -- starts at $2,895. The Observer Suite edition starts at $3,995 and includes Web reporting and an SNMP console. For more information, go to

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