Thursday, November 7, 2013

MIMIC Simulator Helps Pepco Identifying and preparing for Crisis Situations

Pepco Holdings, Inc. is one of the largest energy delivery companies in the
Mid-Atlantic region, serving about 2 million customers in Delaware, the District
of Columbia, Maryland and New Jersey.

PHI uses various network management platforms (NMS) to manage their large
production network. The engineers managing the network need to configure
it to handle all issues and failures. This is a complicated task considering that
there are new challenges appearing everyday. They needed a way to create all
those problem scenarios in the test lab so they can configure NMS
appropriately and train the engineers to identify the root cause of those
problems. It was not practical for them to have a test environment to be of the
same size as the production network. That made the task of recreating
problems not only hard but many times impossible. To reconstruct the daily
issues of a scalable product network, PHI decided to supplement their NOC
environment with thousands of simulated devices, using MIMIC SNMP

MIMIC enables PHI engineers to setup a scalable simulated network with
10,000 devices. They simulate different combinations of routers, switches,
firewalls, WLAN controllers from many different manufacturers.

More details at our site.

“MIMIC Simulator is a powerful tool that is easy to use. Because it has the
ability to capture all the different SNMP versions, it minimizes the number
of devices that need to be purchased saving money and lab space. “
Albert Jennings
PHI NOC Engineer