STATEFUL ETHERNET TRAFFIC GENERATION AND ANALYSIS

OVERVIEW

Why choose Vulcan?

Vulcan makes it easy to generate stateful Layer 4-7 Ethernet traffic and then analyze how firewalls, switches, routers, NAT routers, proxies, load-balancers, bandwidth shapers and so on perform in a wide range of real-world scenarios.

Vulcan is available in two chassis: the high-performance VulcanBay which supports testing up to 40GE with 24 million Concurrent Connections (CC) or 6 million Connections Per Second (CPS) and 7 million Transactions Per Second (TPS). Or the smaller VulcanCompact which can test up to 10GE with 14 million TCP Concurrent Connections (CC), 5 million TCP Connections Per Second (CPS) and 2.8 million Transactions Per Second (TPS).

VulcanManager is a free Windows-based application used for configuring, generating and analyzing stateful Ethernet traffic up to 40Gbps. VulcanManager supports TLS 1.2 performance testing e.g. handshakes per second, TLS throughput, concurrent TLS connections, etc., with different cipher suites and certificate key sizes on a DUT that decrypts traffic on one side and encrypts on the other.

Also included is VulcanAppMix, a library of application traffic and protocols in pcap format that makes it easy to set up large-scale realistic traffic from various applications, using pre-defined and customizable mix templates.

 

Key Features

• Stateful TCP traffic load generation with extreme performance
• High throughput of TLS encrypted traffic
• Configuration and tuning of Ethernet, IP and TCP header fields for advanced traffic scenarios
• Extensive live stats and test reports
• Wire-speed traffic capture with up to 4 million packets capacity
• Switched and routed network topologies, TCP proxy and NAT support
• Free traffic generation and analysis software included (VulcanManager)
• Scalable application emulation for performance testing with real-world protocols, applications, and traffic mixes from VulcanAppMix

 

 

QoS

Determining performance, responsiveness and stability of network devices.

  • Gateway subnet to subnet routing
  • Network Address Translation
  • Traffic filtering and shaping
  • Deep Packet Inspection
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems

Functional Tests

Verifying expected behavior of network devices. 

  • Gateway subnet to subnet routing
  • Network Address Translation
  • Traffic filtering and shaping
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Service Validation

Testing link performance complies with a Service Level Agreements (SLA).

  • Traffic throughput
  • Traffic latency
  • Traffic prioritization

Security Testing

Ensuring that security measurements works as expected, also under significant workload.

  • TLS/SSL
  • Deep Packet Inspection
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention System

Vulcan System Diagram

SOFTWARE

VulcanManager

VulcanManager is the Windows-based GUI used to configure, generate and analyze stateful traffic via the L4-7 hardware. It is used for application emulation, testing TLS, performance verification, load testing, analysis and characterization of Ethernet equipment and network infrastructure. This includes firewalls, switches, routers, NAT routers, proxies, load-balancers, bandwidth shapers, and more.

Learn more about VulcanManager


 

VulcanAppMix (VAM) is a library of application traffic and protocols in pcap format. VAM makes it easy to set up large-scale realistic traffic from various applications, using pre-defined and customizable mix templates. Up to 200 pre-defined application scenarios can be played simultaneously, each covering a one-client-to-multiple-servers communications scenario that can be scaled up to millions of connections with real-world traffic.

Learn more about VulcanAppMix


ValkyrieCLI

ValkyrieCLI is a command-line-interface scripting API with hundreds of scriptable parameters to make test automation easier. Any client platform can be used (e.g. Tcl, Perl, Python, Java, Ruby and VBA). XenaScripting supports multiple concurrent scripting sessions by different users in different locations.

Learn more about ValkyrieCLI


 

 

HARDWARE

Vulcan Hardware

Two chassis – multiple options

Vulcan is available in two form factors. The larger high-performance VulcanBay supports testing up to 40GE, while the smaller VulcanCompact can test up to 25GE.

VulcanBay:This 19” rack-mountable chassis comes in three port configurations: 12x10GE ports, 12x25GE ports or a combination of 8x25GE + 2x40GE ports. Speeds are enabled purchasing the relevant licenses.

High Performance Testing:

Vulcan delivers blistering performance and capacity when generating realistic traffic at 1GE, 2.5GE, 5GE, 10GE, 25GE & 40GE:

  • 28 million Concurrent Connections (CC)*
  • 10 million Connections Per Second (CPS)**
  • 1.4 million Concurrent TLS Sessions, 14,000 TLS Sessions Per Second
  • 5.7 million Transactions Per Second (TPS)***
  • Capture capacity: 40 million x 128 bytes buffers / 4 million full-size buffers

* 24M TCP Clients and 24M TCP Servers on one VulcanBay** Measured at 1M CC per 10G port*** Measured at 10 transactions per connection

There are 3 versions of the VulcanCompact – two for testing 10GE and 1GE, and a third for testing either 25GE & 10GE or 10GE & 1GE (depending on the transceiver used). All three are provided with perpetual licenses for the port speeds and analyzing TLS traffic.

Cost-effective Performance

The VulcanCompact offers:

  • 14 million Concurrent Connections (CC)
  • 5 million Connections Per Second (CPS)
  • 2.8 million Transactions Per Second (TPS)
  • 500.000 Concurrent TLS Sessions
  • Capture capacity
  • 4 million packets.
  • 40 million 128 byte truncated packets.

 

Test these speeds

Vulcan can generate stateful traffic at all speeds up to 40GE.

 

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