NEW YORK, November 14 /PRNewswire/ --

- Shunra Virtual Enterprise Used in Labs Where Network Vendors Conduct Testing on a Production-Like Landscape

Shunra, the world's leading provider of network emulation solutions, announces its Shunra Virtual Enterprise (VE) has been chosen for use in the SAP(R) Co-Innovation Lab and Enterprise Services Community Networking Lab (ENL). Shunra has also worked in collaboration with SAP AG and HP on a newly released white paper that addresses how modern network technologies can help overcome wide area network (WAN) performance and security challenges. The paper, entitled "Testing Secure Enterprise SOA Applications Across WANs Without Leaving the Lab," is available for download from the Shunra website at http://www.shunra.com.

The Shunra VE was chosen to be used in the ENL for its WAN emulation capabilities. The ENL is a controlled lab environment for vendor testing of networking products in a production-grade, enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA) environment. The ENL is based on the SAP(R) Discovery system, a collection of common business scenarios including composite applications. In the ENL, a Shunra VE appliance emulates the WAN and allows network quality and impairments to be varied for each test. For SAP's continued cooperation with its vendor ecosystem, Shunra VE will also be used in the SAP Co-Innovation Lab(1).

The new white paper presents a suggested method for testing any SAP application operated across a WAN. Developed by a team from the Enterprise Services Community (ES Community) program, the paper reflects practices developed in, and now used in, ENL testing scenarios. The paper contends that three basic parts need to come together for convenient lab testing of SAP business solutions based on enterprise SOA embedded and secured in a WAN environment. These include: 1) the SAP business solution; 2) a Shunra VE WAN emulation device, and 3) an automated performance testing tool, for which HP LoadRunner was used.

"Shunra is very pleased to have its VE solution chosen for use in the SAP Co-Innovation Lab and the Networking Lab, and to contribute our expertise in WAN emulation to the latest ES Community-related paper," said Matt Reid, Shunra Vice President of World Wide Marketing. "Businesses are more dependent than ever on the effective delivery of enterprise applications and services over widely distributed networks. That's why we develop technology like Shunra VE as well as provide Managed Services, enabling customers the flexibility to purchase or rent our solutions and expertise for large performance testing projects, such as SAP solution rollouts. It's exciting to see our vision of optimizing application performance over the WAN through pre-production testing, using an emulated network, becoming a preferred method, and for many companies, a best practice which is built into their pre-deployment processes. This approach is a consistent and repeatable process that has become essential to our customers' application development lifecycle."

"Customers need to be aware that good performance and security of the application delivery over wide area networks is directly correlated to the performance and security of the WAN," said Joerg Nalik, PhD, director, Partner Solution Management, SAP Labs. "To further ensure performance of SAP applications in a WAN environment, given that WANs add very large delays to server response time, network vendors and tool sponsors such as Shunra and SAP have created the ENL for network vendors to conduct their own hands-on testing of their network products. This helps vendors to verify their network technology solutions, quantify improvements, and overcome WAN performance and security challenges. It helps our customers through the publication of overall solution blueprints, and our testing has very positive results. We are looking forward to more use of Shunra WAN emulation in our newer and much bigger co-innovation lab facility."

"It's not surprising that industry leaders such as SAP are seeing significant value in ensuring WAN-ready deployments of their enterprise applications on customers' networks," said Dennis Drogseth, vice president of Enterprise Management Associates. "The inclusion of Shunra VE's WAN emulation tools in this lab appears to provide a well focused set of benefits that will help SAP customers achieve more effective application deployments with clear expectations about performance prior to deployment. EMA is seeing this practice grow in the industry for enterprise application vendors and network equipment manufacturers interested in optimizing performance and availability prior to actual customer deployments."

As stated in the white paper, WANs can add up to 10 times the delay in response time for end-user interactions, and, for large object transfers over the WAN, 10- to 100-fold delays compared to raw application server time. This results in a reduction in end-user productivity as well as acceptance of an application. This is why it is critical to assess WAN performance for applications on an emulated WAN and to overcome any performance issues prior to deployment.

Shunra VE provides a comprehensive testing solution for enterprise users. It emulates any production environment in a pre-deployment lab, providing a powerful, flexible and easy way to test application performance under a wide variety of network impairments. Shunra VE provides a way to develop, test and optimize applications for all possible network conditions and environment idiosyncrasies. Furthermore, it enables vendors like SAP to prove exactly how their solutions will perform across a customer's actual network environment.

(1) The SAP Co-Innovation Lab builds on a successful pilot of a co- innovation facility - the ENL - for network vendors. The goal of the pilot facility was to give leading network vendors hands-on experience testing their products and services together with SAP applications, while SAP explored ways to optimize the network performance for its enterprise SOA offerings. By expanding the concept to all infrastructure and application technology vendors in the hands-on SAP Co-Innovation Lab, customers will benefit from reduced application and infrastructure integration costs and faster innovation cycles.

About Shunra

Shunra is the pioneer and market leader in testing the performance and behavior of services across today's complex networks. The Shunra VE network emulation solutions let users know exactly how their voice, video and business applications will perform in any network environment - before they are rolled out into production. Shunra is the only company to provide integrated hardware and software network emulation products and services that address the needs of all IT groups throughout the application development lifecycle. Many leading companies worldwide use Shunra's award-winning solutions and services, including 3M, Boeing, Cisco, Dow Chemical, EMC, FedEx, General Motors, JPMorgan Chase, Kelly Services, Merrill Lynch, Motorola, Nestle, Pitney Bowes, and Vodafone. Shunra has offices in New York City, Philadelphia, Israel, and the UK. Shunra is also supported through a global network of channel partners. For more information on Shunra, please visit www.shunra.com.

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