Shunra VE Network Emulation Solution Helps 3PAR Ensure Performance of its Utility Storage Technology on Customers' Networks

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3PAR uses Shunra VE to emulate customers' specific LANs and WANs when testing new software versions before customer deployment.

Shunra, the world's leading provider of network emulation solutions, is helping 3PAR®, the global leader in utility storage, to ensure the performance of its data replication software on customers' networks before deployment. 3PAR is able to confidently deliver new versions of its Remote Copy software by using Shunra Virtual Enterprise (VE) to simulate actual Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs), and then testing its Remote Copy software on these emulated networks. Any software problems encountered because of specific network conditions are revealed and resolved during 3PAR's quality assurance (QA) process, enabling 3PAR to keep product quality and customer satisfaction high.

"Testing our software against a simulated real world environment is critical," said Heber Sorenson, 3PAR Manager of Engineering Test in the Engineering Dept. located in Fremont, CA. "Shunra accurately emulates our customers' networks, allowing us to find and correct any network-related problems in our QA testing process. We believe that rigorous testing with Shunra will help us achieve a high-level of customer satisfaction and will support a critical test bed for our product."

Shunra VE is used primarily by Sorenson and 3PAR's Software QA group, and also by Software Development to verify new code. Sorenson said that, although he inherited the Shunra VE from his predecessor when he arrived at the company, he was able to quickly get up to speed given Shunra's easy to use interface and operation.

Jeff Price, 3PAR VP of Engineering, commented, "We have not found another product on the market that is as sophisticated or exact as Shunra VE. It is vitally important to our customers to know, pre-deployment, that our replication technology will perform in their large enterprise production environments. We believe that by emulating their real-world network environments and network conditions such as geographic distances with Shunra VE, then testing our software on the replicated networks beforehand, we can better ensure functionality, scalability and performance on those networks, resulting in fast and smooth customer deployments."

"3PAR is providing simple, efficient data replication solutions for their utility storage customers. Not only does 3PAR have excellent technology, but they also realize the importance of a rigorous testing infrastructure," said Matt Reid, Shunra VP of Worldwide Marketing. "Shunra is pleased to have been chosen to play an important role in helping 3PAR deliver high quality, high performance software to their customers, and to have them as our own satisfied customer."

Sorenson says that Shunra VE is "running constantly" and that "there is always at least one test running through" as he and the QA group test software for 3PAR customers who are either upgrading their 3PAR software or deploying it for the first time. "I especially like Shunra VE's stability and reliability, its easy drag and drop interface, and the fact that I can re-configure it on the fly," said Sorenson. "I can also add more end points to a network so I can run concurrent tests, and can recreate any problem encountered on a particular network very quickly."

Sorenson concluded, "I'm a big fan of Shunra VE and the support they provide. They are not only responsive, but they are proactive. I get the sense that Shunra's primary goal is to help me do my job better and to support me in whatever I need."

About Shunra Virtual Enterprise
Shunra VE is Shunra's flagship solution for large enterprises. Shunra VE emulates a global network environment in the pre-deployment lab so that network and QA professionals can test the performance of applications and infrastructure under a wide variety of network impairments, topologies and technologies, as if they were running in a real production environment. The Shunra VE family of products also includes Shunra VE Desktop, a client/server software solution designed primarily for developers, and Shunra VE SMB Edition, a software version of the Shunra VE solution that specifically meets the needs of small to medium-size businesses. Eight additional software modules are also available, giving users additional network emulation tools. Shunra also has a turnkey Professional Services group.

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 http://www.shunra.com.

Shunra VE is a trademark of Shunra Software Ltd. All other trademarks and registered trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.

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