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Pankaj Shah - Network Management Simulations - Interop Mumbai 2009


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Setting up and managing a data center or a test lab needs capital, space, electricity and people. How do you reduce the need for all these? With the use of Simulator – which enables simulating thousands of networking devices and servers to eliminate the need for the capital investment and reduce carbon footprint and the need for electricity.

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Pankaj Shah - Network Management Simulations - Interop Mumbai 2009

  1. 1. Presentation for Interop, Mumbai Pankaj Shah Founder & CEO Gambit Communications
  2. 2. Green IT • Center stage in global business • Practice of implementing policies and procedures: – to improve the efficiency of computing resources – to reduce the environmental impact of their utilization. • Success measures: – Economic – Environmental – Social performance
  3. 3. The need for Energy Efficient Infrastructure is clear Energy costs are increasing worldwide Diminishing Power and space capacities Increase in Carbon emission Higher customer demands Government regulations to limit or reduce power consumption Data centers consume 1.5% of the total US electricity [US Environmental Protection Agency] Only 3% of the total energy is used for processing. Reduce the power consumption or reduce the growth? First time - Political, social & business concerns converge on a single issue – Energy consumption
  4. 4. Good for the environment & Good for business “Reducing energy costs” - primary motivator for 94% of IT managers Energy efficiency: Quick ROI Easy to implement Financial justification Need more than recycling or “Smart” devices Drastic need to conserve energy & space. Software is a key component in going green Virtualization or Simulation – Single server for multiple services
  5. 5. Test Infrastructure Expensive Electricity Networking for devices, devices cooling, lighting TCP/IP(v6), SNMP, WMI Telnet, SSH, HTTP, FTP, SMTP Servers Business & Network Applications Network Engineers to Setup & Maintenance Test Lab Need Large Space
  6. 6. Issues • Needs a BIG budget • Multi-vendor, multi-protocols, Multi-environment • Difficult to change setup for every tests • Hard to create negative scenarios & harder to reproduce them for every release • Sharing headaches • Reliable is always a question • High Carbon foot prints Solution: Simulated Lab
  7. 7. Simulated Lab TCP/IP(v6), SNMP, WMI Telnet, SSH, Servers HTTP, FTP, SMTP Business & Network Applications Test Lab
  8. 8. Practical Approach to Energy Savings: Software Simulator Replaces thousands of devices Drastically reduced capital expense Decreases the electricity requirements by 90% Reduces the need for huge space Trims down the cost of future purchases No worry for recycling or disposing e-waste Small up-front investment => Immediate ROI
  9. 9. Comparison Networking Real Lab Simulated Lab Devices 100 10KW 0.2KW 500 50KW 0.2KW 1000 100KW 0.2KW 5000 500KW 0.2KW 10000 1000KW 0.2KW 20000 2000KW 0.2KW *Average PC consumes 220w *Average Networking device consumes 110w
  10. 10. The Economic Benefits Are Real Networking Real Lab Simulated Lab Devices Rs $ Rs $ 100 960 32 21 0.64 500 4,800 156 21 0.64 1000 9,600 320 21 0.64 5000 48,000 1,560 21 0.64 10000 96,000 3,200 21 0.64 20000 1,92,000 6,400 21 0.64 Cost saving of 4,500 – 5,000 times in electricity alone. Add more for cooling, lighting, networking etc. Add more for the capital + maintenance. *Average electricity cost of Rs 4 in Mumbai (or $0.13 for NH, USA)
  11. 11. Other Benefits No more extensive setup and maintenance Complete testing - Scalability, negative scenarios Flexible simulation of devices Complete control - Start/Stop/Pause Reliable test environment Carry the entire lab with you Record and Simulate the production Environment
  12. 12. Network using a Simulator MIMIC Simulator LAN/WAN
  13. 13. How to Create Simulations? Many Options Libraries – Use ready devices/networks Discovery Wizard – Record devices Simulation Wizard – When a device is not available User Interface – Implement actions for dynamic and responsive simulations
  14. 14. MIMIC Simulator 20,000 Networking Devices With multiple interfaces & Network recording tools Multiple server connections Protocols: Languages: Management & Config - Java, Tcl/Tk, Perl, C++ SNMPv3, RMON2 Cisco/IOS, Juniper/JUNOS TL1, IPMI, TFTP, DHCP Telnet/SSH Servers – Platforms: Web/HTTP, Mail/SMTP, Windows, Solaris and Linux FTP, CAPWAP Over TCP, IP and IPv6 Winner of Green Apple Award
  15. 15. MIMIC Simulator Scalable - Add, Remove, Start, Stop
  16. 16. MIMIC Wizards Discovery: Topology: Discover, Record Create, Modify, & Simulate Duplicate topologies Simulation: Trap/Alarm: Build custom simulations Generate any Trap with any frequency Support: MIB: Configuration, Import & compile MIBs Sanity & with dependencies Update Wizards Snapshot: Take multiple snapshots for devices & Simulate
  17. 17. Values Eliminates hardware needs – Cost scenarios Creates consistent Training problemsavings of quickly fold Removes maintenance andproduction network 10-100is otherwise impossible Gives ability to (re)produce sharing Sets up huge multi-vendor Labs headacheswhich Helps you go Green
  18. 18. Green Values with a Simulator Reduce energy use by 90% per year Drastically decrease physical space Decrease the CO2 Emissions Save money while saving the planet Great for the company image: Free publicity More attractive to fund managers IT Solutions – more green in the wallet Than the green of the grass
  19. 19. Customers using Simulator
  20. 20. Thank you! Contact us at: 1 (603) 889-5100