Product description provided by Apposite Technologies:
Linktropy WAN emulation appliances simulate link bandwidth, delay, packet loss, congestion, and other network impairments to test the performance of applications over any type of wide area network. Uniquely combining test lab-level precision with ease-of-use at unmatched prices, Linktropy WAN emulators have been widely deployed by enterprise IT administrators, network managers, and application developers to test, benchmark and optimize enterprise applications.
Centrally hosted applications form the foundation of today's enterprises. But many employees who depend on these applications are dispersed across regional and branch offices and over the corporate WAN. As every remote worker can attest, applications are rarely as responsive over the WAN as they are at headquarters. At a minimum, performance issues cause frustration and reduce productivity; at worst, they render critical applications unusable.
Corporate IT managers are therefore confronted with the need to answer crucial questions such as:
- How responsive will the database, ERP, inventory, and order fulfillment systems be to users in branch offices?
- Will the sales team be able to use the CRM system from the road?
- How will VoIP sound between various sites across the world?
- Can a WAN accelerator improve performance?
- How do the company's website and e-commerce system appear to customers?
- How much bandwidth is really needed to keep users happy and productive?
Enterprises have traditionally taken two approaches to answer these questions -- testing applications on the local network and limited testing on the production network -- but neither is satisfactory. A better solution is to recreate a range of typical and worst-case scenarios to test applications in the lab. Until recently, however, emulating WAN links required expensive, complex telecoms hardware that was hardly cost-effective for most IT departments.
The Linktropy WAN emulator, a new generation of network simulator focused specifically on the needs of enterprise IT departments, solves this problem. By adapting commodity hardware with high-performance packet processing algorithms, Linktropy WAN emulators offer the precision of a high-end test tool in a cost-effective appliance. And by focusing on ease-of-use, Linktropy WAN emulators make it easy to test applications under a variety of real-world conditions with absolutely no training or special expertise.
Pricing information: $1,975 - $20,000 depending on model and bandwidth
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