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Whether you are testing circuit bandwidth, storm control, L2/L3 forwarding, QOS, load balancing, SD WAN application policies, multicast snooping or any of the other myriad things a network engineer does during his day, you need to test with traffic.
Why test with traffic?
- ACL rules not working as expected
- Improper load balancing because of a faulty ECMP config
- Multicast traffic not reaching some parts of your network
- Perplexing packet drops that look like an MTU problem
If you don’t test with traffic, you may end up with unexpected behavior, network problems or (gasp) an outage!
However, not just any traffic. Each scenario is different and requires a specific type of packet and traffic flow. How do you create that specific traffic flow to proactively verify your configuration actually works and prevent any mishaps?
I have the (networking) knowledge and expertise. I know what kind of traffic I need to verify the configuration. All I needed was a tool to generate that traffic …
The networking industry has the gold-standard Ixia/Spirent traffic generator hardware. You may even have used them at work. If you have, do you get access to them at all times?
What about for your home lab?
You need your very own traffic generator
Ostinato is a versatile packet crafter, pcap player and traffic generator with an intuitive GUI.
… not only does Ostinato generate all the different types of traffic, but I can run it wherever I want - on my laptop for field debug, on a Linux server in the lab and even in my virtual labs!
You can -
- Craft and send packets of various protocols
- Change any packet field of any protocol to any value
- Send traffic at the rate you want
- Choose the packet size
- Send multiple traffic streams - sequentially or mixed together
- … and much more!
Ostinato is Wireshark in reverse and the perfect companion tool to Wireshark.
Ostinato also has a API for automation and scripting. The Ostinato GUI is built using the API - so anything you can do with the GUI, you can automate with the API.
Thousands of network engineers are using Ostinato to verify and troubleshoot their networks.
Are you ready to add a traffic generator to your networking toolbox?
Ostinato turns you into a packet ninja. There’s literally no limit to what you can do with it. Without Ostinato I could have never gotten beyond this point - Kristian Kielhofner (“Packets of Death” AstLinux, Star2Star) [Blog]
…thanks for developing ostinato: this was a really missing piece in the open-source networking world - Luca Deri (ntop.org) [Email]
Ostinato is more stable [than similar tools] and has a more complete roadmap [Blog]
Napatech supports a number of open-source software applications that can also help customers accelerate their development … Ostinato for Traffic Generation [Press Release]
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