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NetworkTestingandEmulationSolutions
LANforgeCompetitiveAnalysis
LANforgeSuiteOverview
LANforge-ICENetworkEmulator/Simulator
LANforge-FIREStatefulNetworkTrafficGenerationTool
LANforgeSuiteOverview
AllLANforgeproductscanberemotelymanagedandcanhavemultipleusersconnectedatonce.LANforge
supportsaJavaGUIapplicationthatrunsonmultipleplatforms,includingWindowsandLinux,anda
commandlineinterface(TELNET)thatcanbeaccessedfromanynetworkedmachine.Advancedscripting
ofLANforgeisenabledbyperllibrariesthatconnectovertheCLI.LANforgeislightlyintegratedwiththe
superbWiresharkprotocolanalyzerandpacketcapturetool.LANforgehardwaresystemsarebasedonthe
FedoraCoreLinuxoperatingsystem.
LANforgesupportsmostfeaturesonMicrosoftWindowsplatforms,includingtheLANforge-ICEWAN
emulatorandSIPVoIPcallgeneration,butLANforgeonLinuxsupportsmorefeatures,ismorepowerful
andmoreprecise.
SeetheLANforgeFIRETrafficGeneratorandLANforgeICENetworkEmulatordatasheetsformore
detailedfeaturesets.
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LANforge-ICE
LANforge-ICEisabletoemulatenetworksofvariouslatency,throughput,andpacketdegradation.Itis
targetedasafull-rangeproductthatcanemulatenetworksuptospeedsof5Gbps.Thefeaturehighlights
includebeingabletosetthethroughput,latency,jitter,packetloss,packetduplication,andpacket
reorderingcharacteristics.LANforge-ICEcanalsoapplythesecharacteristicstoparticularpacketflows
usingtheWanPathfeature.LANforge-FIREandLANforge-ICEcanbeusedasasingleintegratedproduct
andcanrunonthesamemachineatthesametime.ItiseasytoaddnewmachinestoaLANforgesystem
allowingittoscaletomeetyourgrowingneeds!
LANforge-ICE:
Software-basedproductwithplatformindependentGUI(graphicalmanagementapplication)for
configurationandreporting.
Supportsremotemanagement,multipleusers,andscriptablecommandlineinterface
Runsatupto5Gbpswithlatencyandjitterprecisionof1millisecond
ActsasanEthernetbridgeorrouter(bridgemodeallowsLANforge-ICEtobeinsertedand
removedfromthenetwork-under-testwithoutanyroutingorconfigurationchanges;routedmode
canprovideamoreefficientutilizationofnetworkinterfacesincertainconfigurations)
Graphicalnetworkbuilderforadvancednetworksimulation.
SupportsanyEthernetprotocol,includingTCP/IPand802.1QVLANs
Supportsupto8emulatedWANs(16ports)permachine.WhencombinedwithaVLAN-aware
switch,asingleLANforgemachinecanemulate48ormoredistinctnetworksinbridgedor
routedmode.
CandelaTechnologieswillbehappytofurnishyouwithafullyconfiguredLANforgemachine
tailoredtoyourrequirements
Wewillbeatanycompetitor'spriceforasimilarproduct,andourlicensesaregoodforeverso
yourinvestmentwillbewithyouforthelifeofyourproject
OnecompetitorinthisclassisShunra'sVESMBEdition(formerlyShunra\Cloud).
ShunraVESMBEdition:
Software-basedproductthatonlyrunsonMicrosoftWindows
Advertisedtorunatupto10Mbps(networkemulationfeaturesetissimilartoLANforge-ICE)
Hassomeadvancednetworkcongestionalgorithms
Actsasarouter(implieschangestotheexistingnetwork-under-testarerequiredtoinsertand
removethetestequipment)
Canonlyworkwithroutedtraffic(IPlayerandabove)
Thereareseveralopen-sourcenetworksimulatorsandemulators.
x-kernel
Appearstobeanolderprojectthatwasdesignedtotestprotocoldevelopmentinapuresimulated
environment.Itdoesnotappearthatyoucanrungeneralpurposenetworktrafficthroughthis
system.
nistnet
Thisisanotherolderprojectthatseemsmostlyabandoned(developmentappearstohavestopped
around2005).Itwasoriginallydesignedtoactasakernelmoduleandsupportedrouted-mode.Itdid
notappeartobeabletoactasabridge.
netem
Ifopen-source,communitysupportandcommand-linetoolsarewhatyouarelookingfor,netemis
probablythebestchoice.Itisactivelydevelopedandappearstoworkwellinroutedmode.Itis
supportedonmostrecentLinuxdistributions.Itmaybefunctionalinbridgemodetoo,butthe
documentationisabitsparseonhowthatmightbeconfigured.
dummynet
Anotheropen-source,comunity-supportedandcommand-linedrivenemulatorisDummynet.It
appearstohavemostofthestandardemulationfeaturesandisactivelydeveloped.Itwasoriginally
developedfortheBSDplatform,andnowsupportsLinuxandWindowsaswell.
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LANforge-FIRE
LANforge-FIREisastatefulnetworktrafficgeneratorthatsupportsmultipleprotocolsincludingEthernet,
PPPoE,PPP-over-T1,UDP,TCP,HTTP,HTTPS(SSL),FTP,SMTP,IMAP,TELNET,SIP,RTP,NFS,SMB
(Samba),iSCSIandothers.Itsupports802.1QVLANs,andcanalsoemulatemorethan2000Ethernet
interfaceswithuniqueMACandIPaddresses,allowingasingleLANforgemachinetoappearasanentire
subnetofmachines.Itcanrunallofit'ssupportedprotocolsatthesametimeallowingonetogenerate
veryrealisticnetworktrafficpatterns.LANforge-FIREcansupport30,000+concurrentTCPconnections
andamixofotherconnectiontypes.LANforge-FIRErunsontheLinuxandMicrosoftWindowsoperating
system,andusesthestandardprotocolstacks.Thisensuresstandardscomplianceaswellasveryrealistic
trafficgeneration,includingallthesubtlelatenciesandburstinessthatahardware-basedsolutionlike
SmartBitsmaynotgenerate.LANforge-FIREcangenerateupto10GbpsUDPtrafficrates,andslower
speedsforothertrafficpatterns.LANforge-FIREsupportsatleast20physicalinterfacesonasingle
machine,butcanemulatemanymore.Multiplemachinescanbeaggregatedtogethertogeneratehigher
trafficloads,andtheLANforgesoftwarewillmanagetheentirerealmasasingleentity.
LANforgecancalculatevariousstatisticsincludingthroughput,latency,jitter,packet-loss,packet
corruption,andEthernetlevelerrors.TheJavaGUIprovidesreal-timegraphicalandtabular
representationofthesereports,andtherawnumberscanbesavedtodiskforpost-processingwithyour
spread-sheetofchoice(orcustomscriptsasdesired).
OnecompetitorinthisclassisIxia'sIxChariot,whichissimilartoLANforgeinmanyways.Bothsupporta
widevarietyofreal-worldprotocolsandbothprovidescripting(TCLforIxChariot,Perl/TELNETfor
LANforge)foradvancedtrafficgenerationscenarios.
Ixia'sIxChariot:
Requiresusertoconfigureroutingruleswhenusingmultipleinterfaces.Thiscanbedifficultor
impossiblewhenattemptingtohaveonemachineusemultipleportsonthesamesubnetand/or
sendtraffictoitself.
RequiresWindowsmanagementconsole.
Supportsupto100,000concurrentconnections(notclearhowmanymachinesthisrequires.)
Supportstraffic-generating/monitoringendpointsonaverywidevarietyofoperatingsystems.
FeedbackfromotherusersindicatesthatIxChariotdoesnotdotrueprotocolgeneration,but
oftenjustsendspacketsthatapproximateaprotocol'scharacteristics.Thismayinvalidatetests
againstequipmentthatinspectshigher-levelprotocols,andprecludesload-testingthird-party
servers.
Easilysaturates1Gbpsnetworkswithmodernhardware.
Agilent'sN2X:
Ahardwarebasedsolutionaimedathigh-speedpacketgeneration.
Doesnotdotrueprotocoltrafficgeneration,butdoesallowyoutocraftanypacketandsendit
overandoveragainathighspeeds.
Supports8000ormore'streams'perinterface.
Supportstriggersandothermeansofisolatingnetworkfaultsastheyhappen.
IsmorethantwiceasexpensiveasLANforge-FIRE.
LANforge-FIRE:
AsoftwarebasedproductthatrunsonLinuxandMicrosoftWindows,withaJavagraphical
managementapplicationthatrunsonLinux,MAC,Windowsandothers.LANforgeisbest
supportedandmostpowerfulonLinux.
Allowsremotemanagement,multipleusers,andscriptablecommandlineinterface.
Cangenerateandreceivetrafficupto10Gbpsperinterface.
SupportsmultipleEthernetinterfacesinasinglechassis,andcanemulatemorethan2000
uniquemachines(includinguniqueMACandIPaddresses)withasinglemachine.
Supports64+virtual802.11a/b/g/n/ACWiFistationspermachine(withappropriatewirelessNIC
andlicensesinstalled.)
EachLANforgeEthernetinterface(physicaloremulated),canhaveitsownroutingtable,and
LANforgecanevenbesetuptosendtrafficfromoneinterfacetoanotheronthesamemachine,
allowingaveryportabletestunit.LANforgemanagestheIPaddressinformation,routingtables
andrulesforyou(onLinux).
Supportsover30,000simultaneousTCPconnectionsperLANforgemachine.
Supportsvariousprotocols:Ethernet,UDP,UDPv6,TCP,TCPv6,VOIP(SIP,RTP,RTCP),HTTP,
HTTPS,FTP,IMAP,SMTP,NFS,NFSv4,CIFS,iSCSIandmore.
StatefulprotocolsupportmeansLANforgecanbeusedtoload-testthird-partyserversand
infrastructureaswellasgeneratenetworktrafficloadfortestingnetworks.
CandelaTechnologieswillbehappytofurnishyouwithafullyconfiguredmachine(ormachines)
tailoredtoyourrequirements.
Baselicenseincludessupportfor1000concurrentconnections.
Wewillbeatanycompetitor'spriceforasimilarproduct,andourlicensesaregoodforever,
ensuringthatyourinvestmentwillbewithyouforthedurationofyourproject.
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