Monday, January 14, 2008

Metro Ethernet Speed Measurement .... Tool

Many businesses are looking for an automated way to measure the throughput (especially circuit capacity) to each of their network locations (WAN usually) and record it to a file. The general idea is to install endpoint software on each locations servers .... for example Novell and Windows servers (and/or others).

Some businesses use QCheck from Ixia to manually check throughput to each network (spoke) location over their connections that are currently in place (normally T1 or DS3 bandwidth ... but also metro ethernet). They may also use Solarwinds Orion to track circuit availability, usage, and response time. Some may try the full-featured Chariot product from Ixia, but it would usually require custom scripting to do what they need ..... and also the cost may be prohibitive.

It would make smart business sense for a company to be able to check that the provider (bandwidth .... T1, S3, OC3, Ethernet) is providing the level of service that the company is paying for. Ixia QCheck does this, but it would be better if a business had something where they could schedule automated tests and keep historical data. Without costing them an arm and a leg.

With the above general "set the stage" description in place .... what, if any, off-the-shelf products exist that will measure throughput to a number of endpoints on a schedule AND keep historical data?

Here's one suggestion for you ....

Although it's not automated, you should have great success testing metro ethernet circuits (circuit capacity etc.) with IPerf. You can write scripts to test end to end with both TCP and UDP. Measure Metro Ethernet Speed

IPerf looks like it may work. In the few minutes playing with it you should be able to automate it using a scheduled task in Windows and have the server log the data to a file. The output isn't pretty, but I think it will give you the info you need.

Also ..... should your business network require any bandwidth solutions (new install or upgrade) for metro ethernet, DS3, or OC3 ..... I highly recommend taking advantage of the FREE consulation provided through DS3 Bandwidth


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

One option would be to use a Y.1731 compliant Ethernet NID (Network Interface Device) at each end point and then subscribe to a cloud-based SLA assurance tool like Cyan's CyPortal which provides web-based access to real-time and historical data on throughput, latency, packet loss and availability.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Nir Cohen said...

Most of the termination devices include already the necessary features to test end-to-end performance of the network. It is only the carrier decision if he would like to share the information with the end users. RAD has a wide range of termination devices that support end-to-end performance measurement -

7:29 AM  

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