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Simulator Overview
 
SimpleAgentEnterprise™
Network Management Simulator
 
SimpleAgentEnterprise is a Network Management Simulator that extends the capabilities of the popular SimpleAgentPro to allow simulation of even larger networks.
Its 64-bit executable makes better use of the advanced CPUs now available and it includes architectural support for sharing one device context with more than one IP
address for more scalability.
 
SimpleAgentEnterprise is a Network Management Device Simulator with an easy to use GUI, that can simulate an entire network of LAN-WAN components made up of thousands of manageable devices.
 
Using this tool, management application vendors and system integrators can quickly develop, test and demonstrate management applications without requiring thousands of expensive and bulky hardware boxes.
 
Simulated devices support a variety of network management protocols like:
  • SNMP v1, v2c and v3
  • Telnet/CLI
  • SSH
  • HTTP/HTTPs
  • TL1
  • IPMI ver 1.5/2.0
  • REST and SOAP over HTTP/s
  • TFTP Client and Server
  • FTP Client and Server
  • DHCP
  • Netflow (5,7,8,9), IPFix, sFlow
  • VMware vSphere API calls
  • CoAP
  • Netconf over SSH
Each simulated device can support its own MIBs, data, and IP Address. SimpleAgentEnterprise's unique ability to create default variables from MIB or simply learn variables from an existing agent and its built-in support for dynamic values allows it be setup quickly. The use of Tcl based scripting allows for advanced modeling of agent behavior, trap generation, creation of error scenarios and expression of inter-relationships between MIB variables.
 
Applications
  • Development teams can develop management applications even when the agent to be managed is incomplete or absent. A MIB definition file alone is enough to instantly allow the SimpleAgentEnterprise to simulate an agent which supports that MIB. Application development can now proceed in parallel with agent development, thus significantly shortening the "time-to-market" and the associated development and testing costs.
  • Testing departments can test management applications without requiring large inventories of testing devices in the lab. Even large networks with thousands of devices can be quickly simulated without requiring large budgets. Full control over the values returned by the agent for SNMP requests and the ability to generate SNMP traps on demand enable thorough testing of applications.
  • Sales organizations can give demonstrations of management applications at customer premises or during trade shows without having to carry tons of bulky equipment and spend hours configuring it. Hundreds of different devices can be simulated on the management station itself or on portable laptop PCs.
  • Training groups can give animated, mobile demos of different networking scenarios by setting up user defined Tcl scripts to generate traps, change interface status, create error conditions and make agents stop responding to SNMP requests. Costly hardware, installation and set-up can be eliminated and initial network environment can be easily restored after students have been trained on "set" configuration requests.
Operation
A few simple steps are required to start the SimpleAgentEnterprise. They are:
  1. Use the built in MIB compiler to load the MIBs supported by the Agent.
  2. Use the built in MIB Instance creator to define the variables to be supported or use the MIB learner to learn them from an existing agent or simply select from pre-existing devices in the device library.
  3. Edit the instance and value information if required. Valid defaults are automatically created. The SimpleAgentEnterprise is now ready to receive SNMP Get/GetNext/GetBulk/Set requests and send replies. Simply repeat the above steps for each additional device to be simulated, or simply "clone" the added device.
  4. Use Tcl based scripts to emit any selected trap on demand.
Benefits
  • Shortened "Time to Market" by allowing development of management applications to proceed in parallel with Agent development.
  • Improved quality of management applications and allows testing with hundreds of devices.
  • Demonstration of capabilities of management applications in the absence of an agents at trade shows, customer sites or in training classes.
  • Duplication of your production network in your test bed for trying out scripts, training and disaster recovery testing.
Features
  • Controls the value returned for each variable. Value types like fixed, sequential, random, randomUp, clock based, lastset supported.
  • Allows editing of instance information to suit your needs.
  • Generate SNMP Traps or change MIB data via Tcl scripts that get executed based on timers, user request or part of PDU processing.
  • Supports dynamic row creation via new instance, EntryStatus and RowStatus methods.
  • Supports Telnet/CLI capabilities.
  • Supports SSH capabilities.(US version only)
  • Supports HTTP/HTTPs capabilities.
  • Supports TL1 capabilities.
  • Supports IPMI ver 1.5/2.0 capabilities.
  • Supports Netflow (5,7,8,9), IPFix, sFlow capabilities.
  • Supports syslog event generation.
  • Uses Tcl based scripts to better model agent behavior and inter-relationships between MIB variables.
  • Exposes APIs for user defined integration.
  • Provides the capability to learn traps from devices and to generate traps from a device to be sent out to multiple trap managers.
  • Provides utilities to ease learning, trap generation and RMON support.
  • Can support up to 50,000 devices or more depending on available system resources and type of simulation.
  • Versions of SimpleAgentEnterprise limited to simulating up to 15,000, 20,000, 30,000, 40,000, 50,000 and above are also avaialable.
  • Keep a log of SNMP requests in debug mode.
  • Includes a MIB Browser for generation of queries to simulated devices.
  • Displays device vendor information in graphical thumb-nail view.
  • Wizards for popular Management platforms available to import managed devices and quickly duplicate production network.
  • Topology editor included to create router/switch based topology maps.
  • Supports additon of your own devices to the device library.
  • Simple, intuitive, easy to use interface.
Hardware and Software Requirements
  • 64bit RedHat Enterprise Linux (6.x)
 
Detailed Feature List
Detailed information about SimpleAgentEnterprise and its features is provided below to enable potential customers to make educated decisions and prevent the spread of false information by others.
 
Features SimpleAgentEnterprise
Overview  
Current Version 18.5
Major Releases About every 6 months.
Minor Releases Bug fix release if necessary.
Ease of Use Very simple to use and setup. Uses intuitive, non Tk based, native GUI.
Licensing Both software key and hardware dongle based licensing supported on Linux.
Types SimpleAgentEnterprise is available for 15,000, 20,000, 30,000, 40,000, 50,000 devices and more.
TCP/IP stack Native on Linux.
Max. number of devices Up to 15,000+ devices depending on available resources and type of simulation.
SNMP Versions Supports SNMPv1, SNMPv2c, and SNMPv3
Netflow, sFlow, IPFIX Simulated devices can create Netflow version 5, 7, 8 and 9 packets and send them to one or more Netflow collectors. The flows sent can be specified to be fixed or dynamic changing. Experimental support for IPFIX and sFlow also present.(Separately priced module.)
IPMI ver 1.5/2.0 Simulated devices can respond to IPMI queries in addition to SNMP and Telnet. IPMI learning can also be done from within SimpleAgentPro and a separate IPMI learner application is also included. IPMI ver 2.0 support is available in the AES version as it uses AES-128 for encryption.
Telnet/CLI Simulated devices can respond to Telnet/CLI queries in addition to SNMP and TL1. Telnet/CLI learning can also be done from within SimpleAgentEnterprise. A separate Telnet learner application is also included.
SSH Users can login to simulated devices via SSH and access the CLI interface. CLI interface used in Telnet is also available via SSH on Linux within US.
HTTP/HTTPs Simulated devices also respond to http and https requests from a web browser. A separte http learner application is also included.
TL1 Simulated devices can respond to TL1 queries in addition to SNMP and Telnet/CLI.
TFTP Simulated devices can act as TFTP servers as well as TFTP clients.
FTP Simulated devices can act as FTP servers as well as FTP clients.
DHCP Simulated devices can make requests for IP addresses sequentially and in parallel.
SOAP over HTTP/s Simulated devices can respond to SOAP requests over HTTP/s based on information in SOAP modeling file. The modeling file can be created from WSDL documents or by parsing WireShark captures.
REST over HTTP/s Simulated devices can respond to REST requests over HTTP/s based on information in REST modeling file or RequestResponse file. The modeling file and request_response file can be created from learnt interaction with a real device.
VMware vSphere APIs Simulated devices can respond to VMware vSphere API calls over SOAP for cloud management. A separate learner application is also available. Selected hosts/VMs can be duplicated for scalability. (Separately priced subscription module.)
CoAP Simulated devices can respond to CoAP requests for IoT management. A separate learner application is also available. (Separately priced subscription module.)
Netconf Simulated devices can respond to Netconf requests over SSH. Proxy capability for request forwarding is available to learn requests/responses from real device that can be later converted into a modeling file for simulation.(Available on Linux with SSH module key)
Other Protocols ToD, Diffie-Hellman
IPv6 Protocols Supports static IPv6 addresses, DHCPv6, TFTP and TOD over IPv6 in Linux 15000 device version
Documentation Acrobat PDF format, HTML based Web help system.
Open APIs Published C/C++/Tcl interfaces to allow other applications to interface with SimpleAgentPro. Java and Perl packages for interfacing are also included.
Multiple Invocations Allows multiple invocations in 15000 mode for easy sharing among multiple users.
Pricing Please contact sales@simplesoft.com for current pricing.
Site licensing/Multiple copy discounts Steep discounts available for multiple copy purchases to simulate very large networks. Discounts start from 3 or more copies when purchased at the same time.
Command Line All functionality available in command line mode for easy automation.
Technical Support Email/phone support available with an average time of response of a few hours.
Dynamic row creation Supports new instance, RowStatus, EntryStatus methods of dynamic row creation via manager SET requests.
Device Libraries Includes pre-learnt devices from Cisco, Juniper, Brocade, HP, Riverstone, Extreme and others. New user defined devices can also be easily added to the device library.
Advanced Modelling Dynamic simulation support is built-in. Additional agent behavior modelling can be done via TCL based scripts. TCL commands provided to generate traps, change ping/SNMP status and manipulate instances/values.
Network Scenarios Device and Map level network scenario scripts can be predefined and then run through simple pop-up menus during sales and training demos.
Topology Editor Graphical tool allows you to create router/switch/host based interconnected networks, and convert them into running simulations.
MIB Browser MIB Browser is included to generate SNMP queries to simulated devices.
Simulation Capabilities  
Multiple network cards Supported on Linux.
Community string based proxies Multiple proxy devices are supported. VLAN, Entity MIB style device simulation examples provided. Also supports context name/engineid proxies
Views Separate read and write community strings supported. Additional view control available via scripts. Multiple community strings also supported
SNMP Version SNMPv1, SNMPv2C, SNMPv3 (noAuth/noPriv, Auth/noPriv and Auth/Priv)
Control agents Each agent's behavior can be fully controlled while running. Devices can be made to stop responding to pings, SNMP or both. All values, instances, rates can be changed. sysUptime can also be controlled. Individual devices can be started, stopped and restarted without bringing entire map down.
Traps Traps, Notifications and Informs can be configured to be sent as part of pdu processing, timer events or at startup.
Syslog Syslog events can be generated by the simulated devices. Built-in utility can also learn syslog events by first receiving them for subsequent replay.
MIB and Variables MIB and variable files can be shared by multiple devices. Values of variables have built-in default dynamism without requiring any setting up and scripting. Counter rates can be fully controlled via simple tcl command.
Runtime changes to Variables Both Read-Only and Read-Write variables can be changed without stopping the simulation. Rows can be dynamically added and deleted for provisioning.
Memory Utilization Configurable based on CACHE_SIZE. Allows devices with large number of variables (100,000+) to be easily supported in very small amounts of memory.
Performance Greater than 1750 Pdus/sec. (Pdu contained a single variable GET request on PentiumII/400Mhz/256M).
Multi-processor support Implementation uses threads to make use of multiple processors when available.
Remote console Can control simulations running on multiple machines to provide unlimited scalability.
Multi-user support Available on Linux with setuid.
SNMP transmission delay Can control delay for each device.
Packet drops Each device can simulate packet drops at a specified rate.
Custom actions hooks Actions in the form of tcl scripts can be specified at start up, during pdu processing, at the end, and based on timer events on a per device basis.
SNMP tracing Both SNMP request,responses and traps can be traced at both PDU level as well as raw packet level.
Large Tables New version supports very large tables with thousands of rows without large memory requirements.
Sharing of MIBs and data Compiled MIB files and data files can be shared by multiple devices. Device specific information like IP address from data files is automatically mapped.
Different MIB versions Different devices can be easily setup to support different versions of the same MIB.
TFTP Client TFTP client support is part of the product.
FTP Client FTP client support is part of the product.
TFTP Server Add-on TFTP server module available.
FTP Server FTP Server module support available on Linux.
DHCP DHCP support is part of the product. DHCP Relay Agents are also supported.
ToD ToD support is part of the product.
Advanced Modelling Dynamic simulation support is built-in. Additional agent behavior modelling can be done via TCL based scripts. TCL commands provided to generate traps, change ping/SNMP status and manipulate instances/values.
Diffie-Hellman Diffie-Hellman kickstart key change is supported.
Trap Generation  
SNMPv1 Traps Supported.
SNMPv2c Notifications Supported.
SNMPv2c Informs Supported.
SNMPv3 Notifications Supported.
SNMPv3 Informs Supported.
Programmatic Generation Supported. Traps can be generated as part of pdu processing, timer events, at startup, based on user commands or via command line messages
Creation from MIB Supported. Traps with appropriate data can be automatically created based on TRAP-TYPE and NOTIFICATION-TYPE macro definitions in MIBs.
Learning from Device Supported. Traps with appropriate data can be automatically created based on TRAP-TYPE and NOTIFICATION-TYPE macro definitions in MIBs.
Learning from Logs Supported. Traps from multiple devices can be replayed with appropriate data based on data in log files.
Device Learning  
Date Introduced First product in the market to introduce this innovative idea (Dec 1994).
Built-in Support Capability is part of the product and need not be purchased separately.
Detect GetNext errors Yes. Can also be configured to ignore them and continue learning and resort later.
Ignore detected violations Configurable.
Limit table sizes Yes. Will limit learning to only the specified number of rows.
Start learning at any point Yes. Learning can be started from any point in the MIB registration tree.
Limit to one subtree Yes, only the specified sub-tree can be learnt.
Ignore subtrees Yes, specified MIB sub-trees can be ignored.
Slow down retrieval Yes, a delay can be injected between two SNMP learn queries.
Detect infinite loops Yes.
Learn without MIB Yes. All variables supported by the agent can be learnt.
Learn only from MIB Yes. Can restrict learning to only those variables that are present in the specified MIB(s).
Learn many devices in parallel Yes.
Command Line Utilities Separate utilities included in the product to allow learning at customer premises without licensing requirements.
Learing polled responses Poller utility is included that records multiple polled responses from a real device so that they can be replayed by simulated devices.
Learn large networks Discovery wizard present to learn from seed router, subnets and IP ranges. Command line utiltiies also available to do parallel, multi-threading SNMP walking and discovery at customer sites.
Learn from Network Management Apps. Wizards present to import data from popular management applications like HPOpenView, CA Spectrum, CastleRock SNMPc and others. Simplifies the task of duplicating production network in your test bed.
Create Variables from MIB  
Built-in Support Capability is part of the product and need not be purchased separately.
Automatic instance creation Yes.
Table sizes Configurable.
Over ride defaults Configurable.
MIB Compilation  
Built-in Support Capability is part of the product and need not be purchased separately.
SMI supported SNMPv1 and SNMPv2C SMI supported.
Multiple MIB compilation Supported.
Leniency Very lenient. New MIB Compiler uses a best-effort mode to extract maximum information from MIBs with syntax errors.
Automatic resolution of dependencies Can automatically look for imported definitions by searching through all the MIB files in a specified directory.
MIB files Over 2000+ MIBs included.
   
 
 
 
   
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