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New Solution Identifies How Applications Affect Networks

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 9:32am

Mu Dynamics, a leader in validating and testing application-aware networks, announced the introduction of Mu Studio 6, presented as the only testing solution capable of immediately and accurately recreating multiple types of applications - including Web, enterprise and mobile apps - at scale, to determine how they impact networks. This introduction extends the capabilities of the recently announced application test content, as well as Mu TestCloud, a rapidly growing online collaborative community for the sharing of test assets.

"We believe product testing to be a very critical part of our R&D process, especially for our FortiGate multi-threat security appliance product family. For that reason, we regularly use Mu's technology to enhance testing for multiple security features, specifically application control and intrusion prevention systems (IPS)," said Michael Xie, co-founder, CTO and vice president of engineering at Fortinet. "We test these features not only for enterprise environments, but also for very demanding carrier environments."

By focusing on application-oriented tests, instead of Layer 2-4 infrastructure protocols, Mu Studio 6 is able to recreate actual production traffic at a level of speed and accuracy unmatched by any other solution. Mu Studio 6 delivers several major new capabilities for service providers and enterprises that help them test their application-aware networks and products:

. Application Mix support - Using the Mu Studio Multi-Track capability, testers can now recreate their entire mix of applications on the production network. For example, to recreate an operator's network, the tester can model a mix of different categories of applications, such as 30 percent video, 20 percent games, 10 percent IM, 30 percent enterprise apps and 10 percent social media.

. Elastic Scale - Using the Mu Studio Remote Players, customers can achieve virtually unlimited scale by unifying multiple load generators. This enables scale tests that require the generation of millions of concurrent users and application flows to stress the network under production-like conditions.

. Full integration with Mu TestCloud - Mu TestCloud is a cloud-based application test store with over 1,000 ready-to-run application tests across numerous categories including P2P apps, video, voice, games, social media, enterprise apps and more. With hundreds of new application tests being added each month, customers can access the most popular ones and their most current versions on different platforms. Mu Studio 6 is now integrated with the Mu TestCloud store, allowing testers to seamlessly download multiple tests and start running them within minutes. To see the application test content available today, click here.

. Automation APIs - The comprehensive RESTful APIs in Mu Studio 6 enable customers to tightly integrate load and performance testing into their own test automation frameworks. The APIs allow organizations to use the language of their choice (such as Ruby, TCL, Perl and Python) to integrate Mu Studio 6 into their development, test and deployment lifecycle.

"The explosion of applications that make up today's networks are changing daily, which means that service providers need a testing solution that can keep up with this as they test and validate their application-level policies for security and QoS," said Simon Berman, vice president of products, Mu Dynamics. "Mu Studio 6 gives network operators the ability to quickly recreate the volatile application traffic mix on their networks at the highest levels of scale to ensure the best possible levels of security and performance for their customers."

Mu Studio 6 is available today. For more information, visit http://www.mudynamics.com/.  

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