Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Simulate your RelayR IoT environment with MIMIC IoT Simulator

Don't have different types of sensors to test / prototype / deploy your
IoT application on RelayR? Looking to scale without the expense?

Now you can quickly simulate different types of sensors to send MQTT
payload messages at arbitrary rate to your application.  In this
screenshot we quickly setup 4 different sensor types showing dynamic
values changing in the RelayR console.

MIMIC IoT Simulator can simulate unlimited number of sensors of
unlimited variety with unlimited scenarios, all in software. You can go
beyond the requirements so that there will be no surprises after
deployment.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Scale your IBM Bluemix IoT testing with MIMIC MQTT Simulator

Setting up large IoT environments for development, testing and training
is expensive and time-consuming.

Now you can easily scale your IoT environment for testing with
IBM Bluemix with MIMIC MQTT Simulator. MIMIC simulates large
numbers of sensors generating arbitrary MQTT payloads at desired rates
to prototype application policies, test performance under stress, and
develop sales demonstrations and training curricula.

Here we see 10 simulated MQTT sensors connected to Bluemix generating
messages and responding to commands. With MIMIC, what you can do with
10 sensors you can do with 100,000 sensors from one server or virtual
machine on either private or public cloud.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Quickly prototype your subscriber client with MIMIC and a public MQTT broker

The public MQTT brokers at

http://moxd.io/2015/10/public-mqtt-brokers/

allow you quickly to test your MQTT clients.

By using simulated sensors with MIMIC MQTT Simulator, you can
rapidly prototype your MQTT subscriber application to scale your
IoT environment. For example, this screenshot shows 100 simulated
sensors publishing arbitrary payload messages at predefined rate,
and a mosquitto subscriber client displaying them.





At the bottom left, the "10000-ft view" of the MIMICView GUI
allows you to monitor and control thousands of simulated sensors.
In this case we see the icons of 100 active sensors.
The MIMIC Log Window with diagnostic messages at bottom right
displays the traced MQTT activity of one of the sensors.
The Mosquitto subscriber at top right displays the received
JSON-formatted messages on one of the topics. The tcpdump
capture in the middle top shows the packets exchanged between
simulated sensors and broker.


Monday, August 8, 2016

Drive automated regression tests with MIMIC and Jenkins

FYI, we have verified that MIMIC Simulator works with Jenkins Continuous Integration Server

https://jenkins.io/2.0/

by easily configuring it to run some of our MIMIC regression tests. You
should be able to take advantage of this platform to drive the automated
regression tests of your network management app or IOT application with
MIMIC.

The attached screenshot shows the log of one of the regression tests which
traverse through various SNMP MIBs. You can run any of the scripts
provided in the MIMIC script library. Since MIMIC can be controlled from
multiple scripting languages, it can easily be controlled from a continuous
delivery platform like Jenkins to setup and exercise your application
features under test.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Anatomy of a virtual sales demo appliance for network management

Anatomy of a virtual sales demo appliance for network management

Overview

Traditionally, providing a sales demo for network management software meant setting up a 
physical environment featuring the desired variety of networking equipment to cover the sales 
demonstration to the particular target customer.

Furthermore, most sales scenarios required complicated setup, and required travel to the 

customer site, or trade shows, or time-sharing of central facilities in a sales demo lab or 
web-site. These limitations made such demos cost prohibitive, resulting in small-scale, static 
demos that did not materially impact sales conversion.

With the advent of ubiquitous virtual machines (VMs) and network simulation, sales demo labs 

can be provisioned cost-effectively by implementing virtual demo appliances on either public or 
private clouds. Bundling the management app and MIMIC Simulator on a VM image, allows the 
sales staff to instantiate as many demo labs as needed at any point in time, and for the sales 
associate to access the demo environment over the Internet whenever and as long as needed. 
Realistic self-service sales demonstrations can be provisioned automatically.




Benefits of cloud based sales

Besides the obvious benefits of reduced sales cycle and higher conversion due to targeted 
demonstration of a variety of features, higher customer satisfaction and more customer loyalty 
(thus, repeat business), here are some additional advantages of appliance-based sales:

    Multiple on-demand demo and training sessions can be scheduled without
    worrying about conflict or sharing.

    On-demand pre-sales training can be used for application
    evaluation. With a larger variety of scenarios, demos can be
    tailored to the customers needs.

    Many potential customer take a long time to setup the test lab
    and install the application for the evaluation. An online demo can
    get them started on playing with application earlier so they can
    already get familiarized with the features. When the lab gets ready,
    they can directly start on testing the specific needs. This reduces
    the sales cycle significantly.

    Partner training reduces the support cycle and improves closing rate
    by better demonstrating features that specifically solve customer
    requirements

Implementation

MIMIC Simulator is a simulation software suite including SNMP Simulator, WEB Simulator, 
NetFlow/sFlow Simulator, designed to accurately create virtual environments to interoperate 
with network management applications. This solution is already deployed in an on-demand 
cloud offering called Cisco dCloud, with on-demand sales labs for Cisco Prime Infrastructure
This offering leverages the SNMP, NetFlow and Cisco IOS simulation features of MIMIC toward 
high-impact sales demonstrations.



 


Other such sales demo appliances can easily be implemented as an on-demand, single-tenant 
offering. Similarly to traditional software installations, the network management application is 
installed in a VM environment along with MIMIC Simulator. The simulator transparently provides 
a scalable, dynamic network environment to be managed by the application. The customer and 
even the sales associate driving the demo usually do not know what is running behind the 
scenes.

Many R&D and Quality Assurance departments already test network management applications 

against MIMIC Simulator. They setup the simulator to provide predictable, repeatable, 
regressionable scenarios that run the management software through its paces. Those 
scenarios can be adapted for sales demos.

An extra customization adds a simple demonstration scaffold to provide the sales staff a 

user-friendly choice of scenarios to demonstrate. Each scenario configures the simulator to 
create a particular network configuration and traffic patterns to impact the management 
application. For example, a faulty configuration or an attack scenario can be simulated to show  
troubleshooting procedures.

Once a snapshot of this VM lab is saved, any number of independent instances can be 

provisioned for the required demo periods. The cloud framework isolates each of the VM labs 
from each other, preventing them from affecting each other.

Summary

A combination of MIMIC Simulator and network management application bundled on a virtual 
machine provides cost-effective, on-demand sales demonstrations tailored to customer needs. 
Deploying this appliance on the public cloud scales the demo resources at incremental and 
predictable cost, enabling precise cost/benefit analysis when integrated into the sales CRM 
environment.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Train your network operators like airline pilots with MIMIC Simulator

When commercial pilots train for disasters it's not with Microsoft Flight
Simulator, but something more like this realistic simulator.

You too can avoid outages like the recent Southwest grounding by training
your network operators to handle unforeseen scenarios with the industry-
leading MIMIC Simulator.

Create network labs that approximate your production network and play
out complex scenarios on demand to implement / test / train network
management policies. Train your IT staff with all the latest devices and
various network environments. That way they are prepared when a disaster
happens and resolve it quickly.


Friday, July 8, 2016

Large topologies with MIMIC for development, testing, sales demos

Would you prefer a topology like this
or like this

to verify / demonstrate your network management application?

With MIMIC Simulator Enhanced Topology Wizard, you can create many
different synthetic, large-scale, verifiable networks in minutes to
drive development, testing, sales demonstrations of your configuration
management application that visualizes topologies.

For example, here are different 500-node topologies:



Too symmetric? Spend a couple of minutes more and create something like this: