How to simulate network connectivity in test environment?

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Network connectivity that will be or is configured in production has to be replicated in test environment for accurate results. How one can do that precisely so that one can get the accurate results?

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  • carlosdl
    More details are needed to give an accurate suggestion.

    What kind of network connectivity are you talking about? A complete network, a single connection to some resource?

    How important is networking factor for the solution that is being tested?  That will determine the kind of simulation that should be implemented.

    Keep in mind that depending on what you really want to test, a simulation can be of little value because you will test on a controlled and ideal environment, where the real issues, user interaction, network traffic, etc, will not be present, or at least not to the same level.
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  • TheRealRaven
    If you want it done "precisely" for actual "accurate results", you do it by replicating the network environment that will be emulated. As far as possible, same equipment, similar run lengths, similar traffic (including number of connections, transactions...), etc.

    Otherwise, results are going to be extrapolated from tests and reported as probable low-high ranges and possibly confidence levels for each result.
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