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Tier-1 Service Providers, Vendors Deploy Mu Dynamics for Testing Application-Aware Networks

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 7:38am
SUNNYVALE, California -- Mu Dynamics, Inc. today announced the only testing solution on the market capable of immediately and accurately recreating applications to determine how they affect networks. This real-time solution boasts thousands of downloadable, ready-to-run, application-specific tests on Mu TestCloud, a rapidly growing online collaborative community for the sharing of test assets. Tier-1 service providers and leading network equipment manufacturers like Juniper Networks are using Mu’s unique solution to quickly test new application policies that govern security, scalability and functionality. With Mu, they are able to do this with more speed, flexibility and accuracy than ever before. For more information on this new solution, including Mu’s TestCloud.

Without the ability to quickly and accurately test the policies governing their networks, service providers risk poor performance, security breaches and ultimately customer churn based on a poor quality of experience.

However, testing today’s complex policies has become a significant challenge. With hundreds of thousands of 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), service providers are struggling to manage their networks effectively.

In addition, rules around Net Neutrality provide guidelines on how service providers can manage and create application-specific policies. In response to this, many service providers 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.

These app-aware products and services help detect and classify applications for a number of functions including deep packet inspection (DPI), lawful intercept, traffic shaping and prioritization across the network. Testing the policy engines built into these functions with legacy test tools that use synthetic traffic with meaningless application payloads has, at best, been inaccurate. On top of being inaccurate, service providers often have to wait months or more for the legacy test tool vendor to custom-develop support for each individual application.

Mu’s unique 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.

“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 fine-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.”

The Mu solution for testing application-aware networks and Mu TestCloud are available now. For more information visit http://www.mudynamics.com/.

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