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MIMIC SNMP Simulator

Gambit Communications, Inc
IBM PureFlex System
Provided by:Gambit Communications, Inc
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Offers an inexpensive way to create a real world lab environment. Provides an interactive hands-on lab for evaluation, training, deployment and QA of management applications. Creates a virtual environment of 100,000 devices. Now enabled on IBM PureFlex for rapid deployment and integrated expertise.
  • - Business Value

    Pattern Overview

    MIMIC simulated devices respond to SNMPv1, SNMPv2C, SNMPv3, NetFlow/sFlow/IPFIX protocols. MIMIC includes a large number of pre-compiled MIBs, networks and devices from the leading networking companies. Along with that a suite of predefined scenarios is provided to investigate all the possibilities you can face in your mission-critical environment.

    For example, realistic behavior can be modeled for a range of traffic conditions over a shorter period of time. Or, a constant simulation can be used for automated regression testing.

    The MIMIC Recorder can be used to record any existing production or lab network and simulate it. It then can be duplicated many times.

    The most common uses of this versatile suite are:

    • Evaluation: Enterprises can evaluate the new version of IBM Tivoli with anticipated failure and growth scenarios or qualify purchases before deployment.
    • Training Environments: Enterprises can train new staff on Tivoli on routine and disastrous conditions without disturbing the production network.
    • Development and Testing: Configuration and additional development on Tivoli can be done quickly and test reliably by network engineers.
    • Trade Shows: Marketing can setup powerful "live" demonstrations at trade shows.
    • Sales Demos: Sales can tailor presentations to the individual customer's environment.

    Business Case

    Immediate Cost Savings: * No need to buy extra laboratory equipment (hardware, agents, software). The cost factor of lab equipment is reduced by a factor of up to 1,000. * Leverage existing laboratory equipment by running MIMIC alongside the real device. Instead of buying ten of the same devices, buy one real device and simulate the remaining nine. * Reduced support costs for test equipment. Rather than supporting different types of devices, it is only necessary to support MIMIC on industry-standard hardware (Intel-based PCs or Sun Sparc). * Time savings dramatically impact labor costs, especially early in the development cycle. MIMIC can be employed in the prototyping and design stages. It only took us minutes to setup the simulations used to demo the Applications on this site. * Allows instantaneous hypothetical growth scenarios with minimal additional expense. Time can be fast-forwarded in MIMIC with a few mouse-clicks and keystrokes. Agents can easily be cloned. This helps in realistic future resource planning * Reduced Setups and Maintenance: * No need for multiple network connections, power supplies, etc. Physical lab space and infrastructure requirements are reduced 100-fold. * No need to set up WAN links. MIMIC simulates network delay and runs with most network interface cards. It even runs over PPP on a serial line. * Complete Evaluation & Testing: * Test management applications with a wide variety of agents instead of just one. * Test multiple versions of each device simultaneously. * Configure pathological conditions easily in order to investigate even the trickiest configurations. * Reliable Test Environment

    Business Problem

    It provides the cost savings a factor of up to 1,000.

  • -Technical Details

    • Evaluation: Enterprises can evaluate the suitability of applications with anticipated failure and growth scenarios or qualify purchases before deployment
    • Training: Realistic training scenarios can explore all possible routine and disastrous cases. Also create a portable labs.
    • Development and Testing: Management application developers can implement their products quickly & test reliably
    • Trade Shows: Marketing can setup powerful "live" demos at trade shows
    • Sales Demos: Sales can tailor presentations to the individual customer's environment

  • - More Information

    Provider Information

    Name: Pankaj Shah


    Phone: 603-889-5100

PureSystems patterns are part of a broad portfolio of PureSystems solutions for business, cloud, and infrastructure applications.

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