“Test early, test often” is a well-known mantra among IT folks, but finding network gear to spare for testing isn’t so easy. An upcoming DemoFriday will show how network engineers can eliminate the need for physical testing and configuration labs by using virtual environments. The demo will feature GNS3 software that enables network engineers to test and optimize network monitoring software from SolarWinds – without any dedicated hardware.
The DemoFriday will show how GNS3’s open-source software platform can simulate large and complex computer networks so network monitoring engineers can design and set up an entire “fake” network for testing and optimization. Presenters will use GNS3 to test drive SolarWinds’ flagship Network Performance Monitor (NPM), which enables customers to gain better visibility into their networks, troubleshoot effectively, and forecast infrastructure needs.
GNS3 instructor David Bombal and SolarWinds Director Mav Turner will demonstrate how to use GNS3 to set up and configure a virtual network lab including servers, routers, switches, and more. Monitoring software will be tested against the virtual network, and presenters will spin up a virtual machine running SolarWind’s NPM. To help monitoring engineers unfamiliar with setting up networks (in GNS3 or otherwise), the demo will provide step-by-step instructions for installing GNS3, setting up a network, installing NPM, and adding the GNS3 network devices into NPM for monitoring.
The combined solution is designed to provide a highly integrated, fully functioning environment for test-driving SolarWinds solutions without affecting live production networks. The demo also will highlight how engineers can use the solution to test out new SolarWind features such as Netpath Service, which helps people discover the entire network path that connects users to services far away on the Internet.
Register below to join us for the DemoFriday, and learn how GNS3 enables you to test monitoring, mock up a network, perform a dry-run of an upgrade, or even just tinker with the newest features of your product.
If you can’t join us for the live event, sign up anyway, and we’ll let you know when the archived presentation and materials are ready for view.