Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mu Dynamics Stress Tests Application-aware Networks

Mu Dynamics is turning up its ability to stress test application performance across networks in real time.

The company is expanding its "Mu TestCloud"-- an online collaborative community for the sharing of test assets -- to include thousands of downloadable, ready-to-run, application-specific tests. Mu's solution gives service providers and equipment vendors the ability to immediately recreate and accurately test network policies using real application flows. More importantly, Mu enables these companies to start testing immediately, instead of months later. Mu has also added a multi-track capability allowing different application mixes to be run concurrently to emulate the production environment.

Mu said many carriers and their equipment vendors are incorporating "application awareness" into their products and services to enable a far more granular classification and control of application traffic.

As an example, service providers can use Mu to test the policies governing their networks for specific Web and mobile applications, including P2P (such as BitTorrent), streaming video (such as Netflix and Hulu), social media (such as Facebook and Twitter), games (such as Farmville and Mafia Wars), and instant messaging (such as Skype and Google Chat).

"With the continued growth in the number of new applications, and the constant shift in the production mix based on popularity, today's networks are becoming more intelligent and capable of distinguishing applications," said Dave Kresse, CEO, Mu Dynamics. "Service providers are using this visibility to implement finer-grained policies around security and quality of service than were previously possible. Mu gives customers a quick and simple way to test their network policies by recreating in real time their ever-changing application mix. The results for our customers have been consistent - dramatically accelerated testing cycles, increased testing accuracy and the ability to test any application at any time."

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