Network Emulation is all about capturing Real Network Traffic and running it through a Virtual Test Network.
This allows you to see the impact of latency, packet loss, jitter and network congestion so that you can replicate user experiences and optimise their performance across the network.
Developers, testers and network specialists are able to swiftly setup test networks in minutes without additional specialist networking knowledge.
Network Emulation is applicable to practically every industry including defence, financial services, healthcare, retail, ecommerce, utilities; in fact any organisation that wants to reduce the risk of application failure in networks.
As the modern business infrastructure continues to disperse and adopt these more streamlined models, the demand for reliable and dynamic wide area network (WAN) links has never been more important.
A WAN emulator appliance is the most reliable and practical way to validate application performance by allowing users to quickly configure and deploy test networks within a lab setting. These test networks can mimic the exact conditions of a live production network found within the WAN. The emulator appliance can even simulate up to 15 separate WAN links per port with a range of bandwidth rates to model a full enterprise network of distributed branch offices, data centers, and end users.
Applying impairments like packet loss, latency, and congestion to these links provides users an accurate and repeatable testing method to observe how WAN conditions can affect application performance.
Is It A Network Issue Or A Bandwidth Issue?
By throttling bandwidth speeds, users can determine exactly how much bandwidth is needed for an application to properly function and even avoid over purchasing bandwidth. Different components or appliances used within a network can also be isolated and tested to understand how they’re affecting network performance. This provides a reliable method of troubleshooting, identifying bottlenecks, and evaluating solutions from multiple vendors to guide purchasing decisions.