Shunra Announces Ptak, Noel & Associates Names Shunra VE 5.0 'Simulation Tool for Today's IT'

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Complete commentary available from Shunra Website.

Shunra, the world's leading provider of network emulation solutions, announced today that a commentary, developed by a leading analyst firm that addresses converging IT trends, has been published on the latest version of Shunra's flagship solution, Shunra Virtual Enterprise (VE) 5.0. Ptak, Noel & Associates has published "Shunra VE 5.0: Simulation tool for today's IT." The paper can be downloaded from the Shunra website (http://www.shunra.com/whitepapers.aspx). Authored by Ptak, Noel & Associates analyst Richard Ptak, the paper presents a third-party assessment of Shunra VE 5.0. It covers the market challenges the Shunra VE solution addresses, the market need for it, and the extended functionality in the new version.

"One of the hallmarks of Shunra's success has been its ability to anticipate enterprise problems, and quickly come to market with the product and supporting reporting and analytics to address the problem," writes Rich Ptak in his commentary. "They did this with earlier versions of Shunra VE; they continue to do this with the enhancements to follow-on versions. In this new version, Shunra has chosen to concentrate on extending the usability of their solution with detailed reports and drill-down analysis that pays off for the user in the ease with which they can drill through the data to pro-actively analyze and assess the effect that the various changes modeled in the simulation will impact performance. Shunra's structured approach helps the user step through the analysis in an ordered way. Providing plenty of opportunity and options to identify and analyze potential problems and their cause."

"Rich Ptak's commentary affirms that Shunra Virtual Enterprise 5.0 delivers excellent value relative to the overall cost of the solution," said Thomas Charlton, CEO of Shunra. "His paper also recognizes our continued efforts to respond to the needs of our users as we work to provide 'insight into potential problems while avoiding the resource intensive modeling,' that is often a real barrier in using other solutions. We appreciate Rich Ptak providing his expert, third-party opinion of Shunra VE 5.0 to the industry and are pleased to share it with those interested in reading the whole commentary."

The Ptak paper focuses on how market demand drove the new functionality in Shunra Virtual Enterprise (VE) 5.0, the industry's first complete solution for identifying, analyzing and resolving potential performance bottlenecks in networked applications well in advance of deployment. In the commentary, Ptak writes, "Shunra VE provides an invaluable tool for the challenge, increasingly faced by IT, of data center and server consolidation and/or relocation. More and more IT organizations are facing the complex problems associated with not simply the move but determining and dealing with attendant performance problems." He goes on to say, "Shunra VE 5.0 is designed to answer the questions such as: Why did the transaction take so long? Why did it go wrong?"

"I'm thrilled to know that analysts like Rich Ptak are confirming the excellence of our WAN emulation solution," said Bill Karounos, Shunra's Director of Professional Services. "His commentary supports our conviction that this solution is crucial to IT success, leading us to develop our new Managed Services offering. This offering provides all our solutions as a service, which allows IT teams to implement WAN emulation projects immediately while avoiding a capital expense."

Shunra Virtual Enterprise (VE) 5.0 emulates a global network environment in a 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. Shunra VE 5.0 is a powerful performance engineering solution combining network emulation, deep packet analysis and APM that provides a level of sophistication not available anywhere else in the industry.

The broader technology industry has also recognized the quality of Shunra VE and has bestowed a number of its top awards on it. These include: eWeek and Internet Telephony Excellence Awards; Internet Telephony Product of the Year 2007 and Best of Show; TMC Labs Innovation Award 2007; Interop Top Pick; Frost & Sullivan Growth Strategy Leadership Award; and CODiE Finalist in Best Systems Management category. Additional analyst acclaim has come from Gartner, which named Shunra as a market leader in the WAN emulation market.

Ptak, Noel & Associates is a leading analyst firm addressing converging IT trends and how to leverage them. Founded by industry veterans Richard Ptak and Jasmine Noel, the team combines a deep technical competence with an understanding of the decision-making and operating processes within corporations.

About Shunra
Shunra is the pioneer and market leader in testing the performance and behavior of services across today's complex networks. The Shunra Virtual Enterprise (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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