Minimum and recommended system specifications
If you are installing the software on your own hardware or a virtual machine, these are the minimum and recommended specifications for a production environment.
 
Table 2. Observer Expert Console Only (ECO)
Minimum
Recommended
Processor / CPU
Dual core Pentium class processor
Quad core Pentium class processor
RAM1
2 GB RAM
8 GB RAM
Operating system2
64-bit Operating System
Windows 7 to Windows Server 2012 R2
64-bit Operating System
Windows 7 to Windows Server 2012 R2
Network Card
Server-class
Intel server-class

1 If your system has 4 GB of RAM, you cannot reserve any memory for Observer. This is a limitation of Windows known as the BIOS memory hole. Either add more RAM or take some out.

2 See Supported Operating Systems for a full list of supported operating systems.

 
 
Table 3. Observer or GigaStor Software Edition in a virtual server
Minimum
Recommended
Processor / CPU
Four core
Six core Intel
RAM1
Minimum 16 GB (8 GB for Observer and 8 GB for the operating system)
64 GB
Storage
Packet capture - Hardware: Determined by your product
Packet capture - Observer GigaStor Software Edition: Determined by your license.
Same
Operating system2
64-bit Operating System
Windows 7 to Windows Server 2012 R2
64-bit Operating System
Windows 7 to Windows Server 2012 R2
Network Card
Virtualized network adapter
Intel server-class
Capture Card3
Virtualized network adapter
Server-class onboard network adapter

1 If your system has 4 GB of RAM, you cannot reserve any memory for Observer. This is a limitation of Windows known as the BIOS memory hole. Either add more RAM or take some out.

2 See Supported Operating Systems for a full list of supported operating systems.

3 A second network card that acts solely as a capture card is required (and must be in “promiscuous mode”). Alternatively, a dual-port NIC can be used. For further details, see Capture card driver requirements.

 
 
 
 
Current compatibility and incompatibly of virtual machines with the GigaStor Software Edition (GSE) is described in this list:
VMWare ESXi Server
ESXi 5.0 and higher is compatible with GSE.
VMWare Workstation Pro is not supported with GSE
Microsoft Hyper-V may function but is not supported with GSE
 
Supported Operating Systems
 
Notice: Windows 7.0 is no longer supported as of the 18.1.0.0 release. Your product must be installed on one of these operating systems to receive assistance from Technical Support.
 
Table 4. Supported Operating Systems
Product Name
64-bit Windows
GigaStor Software Edition
Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2012 R2
Observer Apex
Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2012 R2
Observer Management Server (OMS)
Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2012 R2
Observer Expert Observer Standard Observer Suite
Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2012 R2
Observer Expert Console Only (ECO)
Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2012 R2