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Shunras WAN emulation tool uses a hardware box and software to create a test network that IT managers can use to predict the performance of IP-based applications. Although some organizations will find the product useful for planning network bandwidth needs for application rollouts, alternative products may serve better.
LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Performance prediction tools such as Storm are important aids in estimating network bandwidth needs. Over the long term, organizations that rely on Storms predictions can be confident that they are buying the correct amount of network capacity to support WAN applications. Simple to set up and configure; test results are a fairly accurate reflection of application performance. High initial expense combined with Ethernet-only interface limits high-end tests. Shunra Software Ltd., Paramus, NJ; (201) 634-8787; www.shunra.com
SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Storm requires a significant initial investment, although once installed, the product is simple to use and should be up and running quickly.