iTrinegy unveils updates to network emulator

17 October 2017 | James Pearce


iTrinegy has announced general availability of INE Version 8.5 Network Emulator.

This latest version adds multiple significant new capabilities to the company’s INE Enterprise & INE Ultra range of WAN emulators including Cisco QoS Class of Service Handling & Traffic Shaping, Wireshark®-like packet filtering and built-in Traffic Generation. 

The firm claims these additions will ensure the INE range remains one of the most comprehensively featured, fully meshed WAN emulators available with which to verify application performance over networks prior to deployment or migration.

The INE range can now model Cisco’s QoS class of service and traffic shaping algorithms, enabling application developers, software testers and network professionals to test an application’s ability to work with Cisco QoS classes, with or without traffic shaping.  This new feature will let customers try the effects of Cisco QoS and Shaping in test environments to prove that applications will work as expected when deployed in the live Cisco network.

Users of the INE range will be able to manipulate data packets in just about every conceivable permutation they may require in order to achieve the most realistic test environment. This is achieved using the new and powerful “classification” engine which provides the ability to classify, route, filter & selectively impair traffic by any packet field using a Wireshark-like syntax.  

Users will also be able to add their own protocols as well as video & audio codecs and use them in the INE models within minutes. This means custom-built private, prototype or even secret protocols can be deployed straightaway, without any involvement from iTrinegy, which is particularly useful for organizations working in sensitive or secure environments. 

 “Networks are constantly evolving, presenting new challenges to those of us tasked with ensuring application performance across networks. To ensure the iTrinegy INE network emulator range continues to enable you to carry out your tests effectively, we will be releasing INE V8.5 in October”, said Frank Puranik, iTrinegy product director. 

“The major enhancements offered in this latest version will ensure that our INE Enterprise and INE Ultra models remain at the very forefront of emulation technology and continue to provide users with the means to conduct highly realistic verification of application performance over real-world networks.”