British Airways new ‘Skylab’ Uses iTrinegy Network Emulation
Cambridge UK, Reno, Nevada, USA, November 8 2012 — British Airways selects iTrinegy’s network emulation technology for their ‘Skylab’, a major hub for testing all their back-office and front-end networked applications.
‘Skylab’ is the responsibility of the Networks Team based at British Airway’s main offices in Waterside, UK. With business processes such as flight preparedness, aircraft readiness, flight load control, baggage protections, etc., being delivered over the British Airways data network, ensuring everything runs smoothly is of prime importance.
Ian Matthars, Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer at British Airways comments, “Sky Lab is at the hub for testing all the network integrations involving our back-office and front-end networked applications. We don’t leave anything to chance – before an application can go live we thoroughly test for all the variables experienced in ‘real-world’ live networks, including conditions such as latency, loss, delay and jitter. These conditions can impact any application, and with our new front-end check-in/seating system for agents and customers, it’s essential that we guarantee a good experience for all”.
Ian and his team purchased iTrinegy’s INE LCD network emulator to replicate the network and all the associated network conditions. “As applications continue to increase in size and complexity, the performance of applications in standard networks and their associated conditions can be limiting and unsuitable for our applications.” Frank Puranik, Product Director at iTrinegy comments “Our network emulators enable companies like British Airways to fully understand how applications work no matter what the application or what type of network conditions they need to run in.”
Ian continues “Network emulators allow us to create the worst kind of networks, and seeing how our applications behave allows us to make sure our systems work no matter where in the world our networks, staff and customers are located and INE LCD continues to be an important part of our network testing within our Skylab.”
iTrinegy’s INE LCD Network Emulator is a portable appliance that is well suited to this type of task as it enables the user to see how an application or device will work in a realistic replication of environments such as WAN, Cloud, Mobile, Wireless and Satellite networks etc., prior to actual deployment. Its ability to mimic characteristics such restricted bandwidth, link speed, latencies, jitter and packet loss etc. means that the user will be able to quickly identify how these factors can affect application behaviour.
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