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In addition to the equipment listed below, I can get almost anything for the duration of a review, including traffic generators from Sprient and Antara. I have excellent relationships with several server vendors, network hardware vendors, fibre channel vendors and software vendors. There are several racks available for mounting equipment as necessary.

Test Equipment and Software

Ixia 1600 with 8 SC gigabit Ethernet ports, 8 10/100 Ethernet ports, 8-port TXS board for layer seven testing, Shunra Virtual Enterprise WAN simulator. Simulation software including WebLoad 6.

Servers

Eight single- and dual-processor Xeon servers with at least 16GB RAM, 500GB or more of disk space, all with dual GigE and Fibre Channel adapters. Two SATA RAID-based file servers, one with 2TB capacity, one with 4TB capacity. Sun v210.

Server OS's available for testing: Windows 2008 and 2012R2, Red Hat Enterprise Server, any version of Linux needed..

Other software includes: current versions of all Microsoft server applications.

Workstations

Eight workstations of varying capacity, at least 4GB RAM, Windows or Linux OS.

Network Hardware

32 ports of gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b access point and two PC cards. Eight-port 10G Ethernet switch.

Storage Hardware

HBAs in all servers, 16-port 2Gbps Fibre Channel Switch, Nexsan SATABlade 3TB fibre channel RAID, Dell Compellent Storage Center fibre channel system.