Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PressExposure) March 05, 2009 -- Shunra, the market's leading provider of network emulation and application testing solutions, today announced the release of version 4.0 of its single-user desktop application testing tool, Shunra VE Desktop Standard. A component of the award-winning Shunra VE suite of WAN emulation solutions, Shunra VE Desktop Standard 4.0 emulates a wide area network link, enabling users to test application performance under a variety of existing and potential network conditions, directly from the desktop. Feedback on the end-user experience is provided immediately, enabling development and Quality Assurance groups to produce "network-aware" applications that perform as expected. The most recent release can be easily downloaded and installed, providing value that can be recognized within minutes. Users have the ability to easily test code over real-world network conditions that are proven to impact application performance, such as latency, packet loss and bandwidth.
One of the Shunra customers benefiting from WAN emulation's value during the application development process is DriveCam. DriveCam is the only company that focuses on improving risky driving behavior by predicting and preventing crashes. Combining sight and sound, expert analysis and driver coaching, DriveCam's approach has reduced personal injury costs by over 50 percent in more than 80,000 vehicles.
"We have been using Shunra's tools for several years now and consider this early stage testing an essential part of our development process," said Jamie Etcheson, Senior Software Developer at DriveCam, "Shunra VE Desktop is really the ideal application for our need. DriveCam offers a web based application with clients around the world and the connection can be unpredictable at times. However, using worst case scenarios that we design on our VE Desktop to test our application we feel confident that even under difficult or limited connections the end-user experience will be positive."
Proactively testing the performance of applications earlier in the development lifecycle has been shown to resolve issues that would otherwise negatively impact the production environment and end-users. Aberdeen Group's study titled "The Real Value of Network Visibility," found that "the average end-user organization estimates the revenue loss attributable to unplanned network downtime at $69,000 per minute." Companies like DriveCam understand the criticality of deploying applications that perform as expected over the live network, and reducing the risk of downtime. With Shunra VE Desktop, development and QA teams are finally able to accurately predict application performance over the corporate network.
The Windows-based application is extremely easy to use, especially for those with limited network knowledge, making it simple for development and QA teams to accurately test network conditions' impact on applications.