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July 19, 2010

Mu Studio Scale Testing Solution Now Available from Mu Dynamics

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Mu Dynamics, company focused on testing IP services, has announced Mu Studio Scale, which it designed to replicate customer-usage scenarios for scale-testing NGN services, such as triple play.

Mu Studio Scale can be used by wired and wireless network equipment vendors, government agencies and service providers to save months in deployment time. In addition, millions of dollars in production costs are also saved as the solution quickly isolates performance and scalability bottlenecks as services are developed and deployed. “Being able to run scale tests of hundreds of thousands of users using thousands of different applications across many end points allows us to put our sophisticated next-generation firewall through its paces,” said Nir Zuk, founder and CTO of Palo Alto (News - Alert) Networks, in a statement.

“Our value-add to our customers is the ability to identify and control applications and content, so being able to quickly replicate the ever-growing set of applications for our testing saves us months of time and significant amounts of resources in bringing our products to market. It also dramatically increases our confidence in the success rate of new deployments as we can identify and fix real-life issues well in advance.”With Mu’s unique approach to testing, test cases can be generated from actual service interactions. The company’s Active Service Replication (ASR) technology allows for the transformation of the actual service interactions into parameterized test scenarios. As a result, the testing of applications, services and application-aware networks is possible.Using Mu Dynamics (News - Alert), customers gain the ability to automatically generate tailor-made test cases that can replicate the actual mobile application, service and underlying network infrastructure.

“The sampling of workloads and playing them back at scale is the only viable way to load test modern cloud infrastructures,” said Chris Anderson, co-founder, Couchio. “In the real world, each deployment is unique which traditionally means when an issue comes up, we either spend time and money duplicating the production load, or, while flying blind, apply optimization patches to live servers. “The Mu solution automates this expensive and time consuming process, allowing us to optimize CouchDB against actual workloads, without subjecting real users to untested patches,” Anderson added.The latest Mu solution can be used to test such common scenarios as thousands of people making calls on the Android or iPhone (News - Alert) mobile platforms; migrating mission critical applications to a virtual platform; on-demand video service rolled out to an entire city; thousands of support calls received in a VoIP call center; thousands of users accessing voice, data or content delivery in the cloud.

Dave Kresse (News - Alert), Mu’s CEO, noted, “Networks have transformed, applications are proliferating, virtualization and cloud deployments are accelerating. But until now customers have been limited to testing their applications, services and infrastructure using legacy ‘bit-blasting’ network protocol testing tools that generate synthetic traffic from canned tests.

“When these services go live, they then run into serious issues because the testing did not truly replicate the environments into which these solutions are deployed,” said. “If you’re not using actual service interactions to test your services, then your testing is insufficient. We see evidence of this every day in the form of public outages and dissatisfied consumers,” Kresse added.Olga Yashkova, Industry Analyst for Test & Measurement at Frost & Sullivan (News - Alert), noted that vendors and service providers today are faced with competing pressures in the need to deliver new services to market as soon as possible, while also delivering an outstanding customer experience. As a result, new solutions must be thoroughly tested for quality before they can be delivered.

“I can think of half a dozen recent telecom service disasters that could have been avoided if Mu Studio had been used prior to delivery,” said Yashkova. “When it comes to testing for scalability, performance or functionality under load, Mu’s Studio is the key solution I’ve identified that can truly test today’s rich services and mobile applications.”To ensure the solution provides customers with testing features they need, Mu Dynamics designed the Mu Studio Scale to include Active Service Replication (ASR); real-time performance monitors; and integration into the Mu Test Suite.In other Mu Dynamics news, Mu Dynamics Kowsik Guruswamy, co-founder and CTO, shared with TMCnet that it won’t be long before IPv4 addresses run out and the need for interoperability between IPv4 and IPv6 environments is necessary.

“The IPv6 transition adds yet another dimension of complexity to already overburdened carriers who are focusing on new device categories such as tablet PCs while updating and maintaining their current networks,” said Guruswamy.  

In April the company introduced the Mu Test Suite for IPv6. Officials with Mu Dynamics said that Mu Test Suite for IPv6, which is designed for network equipment manufacturers, government agencies and wired and wireless service providers that need to ensure they can effectively support IPv6.

Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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