Shunra Virtual Enterprise 3.5 Enhances Support for Planning, Testing Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

New version provides additional automation and integration for more rapid testing and assurance of numerous application services

New York, NY, May 10, 2005 -- Shunra Software Ltd., a leading provider of application and network performance management solutions for distributed enterprises, today announced version 3.5 of its Shunra Virtual Enterprise solution. The new version addresses some of the most pressing areas of concern for IT professionals today, delivering enhanced automation for rapid testing and assurance of dynamically-changing network environments such as disaster recovery, business continuity, network load balancing, and data integrity.

This version also includes expanded integration with related performance solutions, including Segue Software’s SilkPerformer, and scalability for modeling large distributed enterprises. Used by industry leading companies such as Cablevision, Electronic Arts, Merck, Northrop Grumman, Omgeo, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Shunra Virtual Enterprise 3.5 provides greater flexibility, control and accuracy, enabling users to deliver applications, infrastructure, and network changes with confidence.

Ideal for network managers, software developers, QA professionals, and IT operations managers, the Shunra Virtual Enterprise is a powerful, flexible solution that recreates an exact model of the production environment including the Wide Area Network (WAN), remote offices, end-users, and background traffic, giving users a place where they can safely test and experiment with the network, applications and infrastructure.

Used throughout the application lifecycle, the Shunra Virtual Enterprise takes an empirical approach to modeling the production environment. Through this approach, users run the actual applications and send real traffic through Shunra's emulation technology, and import network conditions directly from the production environment. The accuracy achieved through this approach creates an environment that is as close to reality as possible, and eliminates the guesswork and risk of deploying new or updated distributed applications and infrastructure in production.

Omgeo, a leading provider of post-trade pre-settlement trade management solutions, processing over one million trades per day and serving 6,000 investment managers, broker/dealers and custodians in more than 40 countries, uses the Shunra Virtual Enterprise.

“Performance is obviously critical for our customers in the rapidly changing non-stop global trading community,” said Ali Khan, Senior QA Analyst, at Omgeo. “We use the Shunra Virtual Enterprise during the development lifecycle to understand real-world performance and remote end-user response times – from different geographic locations and under various network conditions. We particularly like Shunra’s empirical approach, which provides us the ability to see and feel the application behavior, as well as capture, import and use customers’ actual production network parameters so that we can build and test applications under the most accurate and realistic conditions possible.”

Among the many enhancements, key new features of Shunra Virtual Enterprise 3.5 include:

  • Enhanced dynamic network emulation. The Shunra Virtual Enterprise 3.5 includes a variety of new features that support dynamically changing network environments, such as dynamic routing, real-time network condition changes and automatic packet modifications.

  • Expanded end-user automation and integration. The Shunra Virtual Enterprise now integrates with Segue Software’s SilkPerformer automated load- and performance-testing tool. SilkPerformer simulates up to thousands of simultaneous end-users working with multiple computing environments and interacting with various application environments such as Web, client/server, Citrix® MetaFrame®, or ERP/CRM systems.

Support for SilkPerformer adds to existing support for web user automation, integration with Mercury’s LoadRunner 8.0, and custom developed tools and application traffic generators. Together these features deliver a broad range of options to automate the entire testing process from application scripting and scheduling, through network emulation and reporting, with even greater accuracy due to more precise real-world traffic and application patterns.

  • Enhanced scalability. The Shunra Virtual Enterprise can now model up to 100 remote office locations, thereby delivering support for critical business applications with a broad geographic reach, such as large multinational organizations.

“The increasing complexity of today’s network infrastructures and applications is matched by management demands for increased flexibility, reliability, availability, and security. Whether it is large corporate users, offshore companies, or ISVs, all face demands for higher performance and quality in services and deliverables,” said Michael Azoff, Senior Research Analyst, Butler Group. “This latest version of Shunra’s Virtual Enterprise solution includes a number of enhancements that help customers face these challenges, and enable them to reduce risk in running large and/or complex IT departments, especially where mission critical applications are involved.”

For a copy of Butler Group’s Shunra Virtual Enterprise 3.5 Technology Audit, please go to

The Shunra Virtual Enterprise 3.5 is available immediately.

About Shunra

Shunra delivers a family of application and network performance management solutions for distributed enterprises that create a “safe” production environment (i.e. a virtual enterprise) to work in throughout the development lifecycle. These solutions allow software developers, quality assurance, networking, performance and operations professionals to understand the end-user experience in a distributed environment during the development and delivery of new or changed applications and infrastructure. For more information, please visit


Shunra is a trademark of Shunra Software Ltd. Omgeo is a registered trademark of Omgeo LLC in the United States and elsewhere. Segue and SilkPerformer are registered trademarks of Segue Software, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.

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