Allows real-world simulations of Cisco IOS managed environments

Nashua, NH - December 10, 2001 - Gambit Communications today announced the release of the industry's first integrated Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS®) simulation tool, MIMIC™ IOS Simulator, as part of MIMIC Simulator 5.20. It provides enterprise users and management application developers the capability to perform real-world simulations for integrated IOS and internetworking. This allows enterprises to ensure the smooth rollout of new implementations and thorough training of their IT staff. Management application developers are able to develop and test their products in a virtual, scalable, network environment.

Cisco IOS simulation enhances MIMIC's current ability to simulate the SNMP agents for Cisco routers and switches. It includes:

"MIMIC IOS Simulator is a welcome addition to the arsenal of test tools utilized by Miercom labs," said Rob Smithers, President of Miercom Testing Labs. "Being able to simulate Cisco devices is important in creating real-world scenarios in the test lab environment. In addition, MIMIC offers a huge cost savings by reducing or outright eliminating the need for extensive equipment infrastructures in the lab."

MIMIC IOS Simulator works with CiscoWorks 2000 and Cisco element managers that require IOS support, such as the Cisco DSL Manager and the Cisco GSR Manager.

MIMIC Simulator 5.20 also includes the following new features in addition to the IOS Simulator:

MIMIC's extensibility and scalability, up to 10,000 devices on a single platform, provide the opportunity to create network environments that would be impractical to create in a physical lab environment. These capabilities create an extensive internetworking environment without the costs of purchasing additional equipment and maintaining a lab.

About Miercom
Miercom, founded in 1988, is an independent networking consultancy and product test center located in Princeton Junction, NJ. The company pioneered the comparative assessment of networking hardware and software, having developed methodologies for testing products from ATM switches to voice-over-IP equipment. Miercom is the Business Communications Review preferred lab called upon for Best-in-Test reviews, and is a proud member of the Network World Test Alliance. Miercom is the undisputed leader in the independent networking validation industry, and sets the standard for credible, competent, unbiased, and realistic testing. Additional information on Miercom's reports and services can be found at

MIMIC provides an inexpensive way for enterprises, device vendors, management software developers and outsourcers to demo, test, develop, train and certify management applications without purchasing equipment and maintaining labs for those functions. MIMIC has the ability to simulate up to 10,000 devices from one workstation. MIMIC simulations can be distributed over multiple platforms for enterprise simulation testing of even larger environments. MIMIC includes user-friendly wizards for importing new MIBs, recording large networks, creating device simulations and network topologies, and provides full support for SNMP(v1, v2, v3), RMON(1, 2), DHCP, TFTP, ToD and DOCSIS, as well as Telnet and IOS.

About Gambit Communications, Inc.
Founded in 1995, Gambit Communications is a leader in network simulation tools that enhance the productivity of management software developers and enterprise users while lowering their costs. MIMIC Simulator is a modular family of simulators used by leading networking vendors for use in applications from development and testing to operator training and disaster simulations. Gambit Communications' portfolio of over 150 customers includes: Computer Associates, Hewlett-Packard, MCI, Cisco, Nortel, Alcatel, Marconi, Lucent, RiverSoft, BMC, InfoVista, and Ericsson. For more information on Gambit and MIMIC, please visit

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