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Ostinato Features

Features Summary

Functionality

4.6

/5

32

Total features

3

1 categories

Ostinato features

Performance Testing
Real-Time Monitoring
Status Tracking

Common features of Load Testing software

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts/Notifications
Assessment Management
Benchmarking
Bottleneck Identification
Browser Performance Metrics

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39

/user

Per year

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Functionality

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Total Features

3

Unique features

  • Status Tracking

Functionality

4.4

/5

167

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39

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Total Features

90

Features in Common

2

Unique features

  • Scheduling

  • Load Scenarios

  • Data Security

  • Performance Management

Functionality

4.4

/5

121

Price starts from

3950

One-time payment

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Total Features

21

Features in Common

1

Unique features

  • Hierarchical View

  • Supports Parallel Execution

  • Software Testing Management

  • Drag & Drop

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James H.

Computer Hardware, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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An outstanding platform for performance testing that rivals high-end hardware solutions

Reviewed a year ago

I have worked for a few companies now and it is very hard to justify a performance tester outside of QA and Dev so to have an affordable option that works allows me to take Alliance Partner acceptance testing to the next level rather than trying to rely on tcpreplay or Dev to let me use theirs.

Pros

1. Ease of use2. Multiple deployment options3. Flexibility to customize screens4. Import of existing PCAP files5. Granular control of steams

Cons

The one drawback is that a lot of my testing with our security alliance partners require the use of specific pcaps, I leverage, https://www.malware-traffic-analysis.net/, for the much of this. It sometimes requires a lot of manipulation to get the attack to register on the security tool. May just be a training issue so a whitepaper etc on this would be great.

Vendor response

Thank you James for your kind words. Regarding the malware pcap replay not registering on the security tool, please reach out to the forum or support. We will try and help you out.

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Bob M.

E-Learning, 11-50 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Teaching Packet Crafting to Teens

Reviewed a year ago

Ostinato is a great teaching tool for both networking and security. It allows me to create customized challenges (packets and traffic) and let the students figure out the solutions. This also means there are often more than one way to solve a problem thanks to the way Ostinato break apart packets and traffic. All students know Wireshark but now they know how to manipulate packets and traffic on their own. This lets me dive into forensics as well. Ostinato is not a forensic tool but it does allow an investigator the ability to see traffic, trace traffic, evaluate each packet, dissect those packets, and develop a plan for evidence collection. This is a much needed tool for any network analysis.

Pros

Teaching teens means they ask a lot of questions. Ostinato is well documented and provides an answer to just about every question that come up. The best part is that I can show the students how we get to that answer. This also allows me to bring up additional questions for the class and let them discover the answers on their own. All the teens know TCP and UDP. I like to have them dig into other protocols to discover how each are different (frames, size, data) and Ostinato allows me to assign new concepts and let the students play with them on their own.

Cons

There is a bit of a learning curve but nothing that can't be overcome as you learn how packets and Ostinato work together.

Vendor response

Very happy to see that Ostinato is helping educate the next generation of network and security engineers!

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Aharon G.

Semiconductors, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Must have tool

Reviewed a year ago

This is the must have software for any user who needs to simulate/test network equipment and can not use real traffic generator like IXIA or SmartBits. For example, when working from home office.

Pros

I really like the look and feel of real traffic generator.

Cons

I miss support for some kinds of protocols, like PTP for example.

Vendor response

Thank you for your kind words, Aharon! Please let support know about what new protocols you would like to see and we will add it to out roadmap!

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Juan O.

Aviation & Aerospace, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great product

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

Ostinato is a very easy to use traffic generator. It provides a comprehensive API that can be easily incorporated into an existing test environment. The Ostinato GUI makes it easy to replay existing network captures (.pcap files) to exercise a DUT. It also has other cool features such as the ability to export a given configuration to a python source file. This allows for quick logic prototyping and testing. Moreover, Srivats provides outstanding customer service and always responds to questions in a timely manner.

Cons

some Ostinato products require license authentication with a remote server. This is not a problem for most people, but it could be a limiting factor if the intent is to use it in classified labs with not access to the outside world

Vendor response

Glad that Ostinato is helping you, Juan! We will work on the offline license server as soon as we see more demand for it from other customers!

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Sira L.

Utilities, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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We use Ostinato in generating traffic in our firewall testing.

Reviewed a year ago

As mentioned before, the overall experience with Ostinato is satisfied. We meet our goals in the network security testing using Ostinato to simulate various types of crafted traffic we were planning to test.

Pros

Ostinato provides us a handy tool to generate traffic that we are using to pass on into the testing firewall stack. It has a lot of options to craft the traffic and control the behavior instead of bringing in a lot of end devices which is not practical in our lab environment. The feature we used most is to rerun the recorded traffic from the production which save us a lot of time.

Cons

We had a lot of difficulties in running the Linux VM. If this small VM can get improved, it will be most helpful. We tried to build a mobile test pod by using R-Pi in order to perform our test out of the lab environment, out in the field test. But it was not working quite well as we expect.

Vendor response

Happy to hear that Ostinato is helping with your firewall testing, Sira! We will reach out to you about your difficulties with the VM and look into how we can improve it.

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Peter G.

Computer & Network Security, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Excellent alternative to expensive network performance testing tools

Reviewed 10 months ago
Pros

The GUI is very easy to use and makes sense. And now with the TURBO mode we can test devices up to 40G without any problem. Also the tech support is TOP NOTCH.

Cons

Overall everything is well documented and easy to use and understand. I would like to see the GUI have saved preferences for setting port stat columns a certain size etc. Currently you have to resize them each time you bring it up. But that is minor compared to the amazing functionality of the product.

Vendor response

Thanks for your kind words, Peter! We'll try and extend the GUI to remember the last column size settings for the ports window.

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jeff S.

Computer Networking, 51-200 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great tool to have to complement your enterprise network support systems

Reviewed 5 months ago

It is my go to product for packet crafting for security/FW testing, network load and fail over stimuli testing. Application simulation for performance. I have used this product almost ten years. It has matured greatly and if its result data can be tied into analytics/splunk/AI type systems vai api pipeline an AI system can take the traffic load/impact results from Ostinato and provide additional analysis feedback.

Pros

Ease of use, mature gui and the ability to craft packets as well as use pre loaded or saved traffic sessions.

Cons

selecting/discovering interfaces but that has matured as well. Much improved

Vendor response

Thank you for your kind words Jeff! Your suggestion of integration with analytics/splunk/AI systems is a good one!

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Graham C.

Education Management, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Ostinato in Schools

Reviewed a year ago

Outstanding - it is accessible and user friendly - simple - and helps young students learn - keepUp the great work

Pros

Getting students to craft packets so they understand how networking works - we use it in class with our yr11 students (15y) to create messages, encrypt messages inside the payload icmp packets - use wireshark and nmap to find other students - and make conversations back and forth so they understand mac and IP addressing and data flow

Cons

Nothing - it is the best product for anyone wanting to start in networking

Vendor response

Thank you Graham for your kind words! We are happy to see Ostinato helping to train the next generation of network engineers!

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Yavor K.

Information Technology and Services, 51-200 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Very functional software for testing various features of networking equipment

Reviewed 5 months ago
Pros

A rich set of ability for fine-tune our test scenario. We can construct custom IP packet passing through all OSI layers.

Cons

GUI is good but I think can be worked in a direction to be more user-friendly interface. Some functionality are not so intuitive.

Vendor response

Thank you Yavor! We will try to make the GUI more intuitive and user-friendly

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ming c.

Computer Networking, self-employed

Used monthly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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perfect solution for network testing under virtualized envirnment like GNS3 and EVE-NG

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

able to run inside virtualized.envirnment with easy. relatively inexpensive.

Cons

love to see live time update on stream statistics. currently, need to stop stream, pull the statistics.

Vendor response

Thank you for your kind words, Ming! As the user guide explains live update of stream stats is not supported currently due to packet processing cost reasons; but we will consider how we can support it in the future!

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Fahad R.

Computer & Network Security, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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A user friendly tool

Reviewed a year ago

It is a smart product for users

Pros

Its is good tool for traffic analysis and connecting with Wireshark etc tool

Cons

It better to have application layer traffic

Vendor response

Thanks Fahad! There's a lot of pre-requisite work to be done before Ostinato can support L7 application layer traffic. Inshallah, we'll get there someday!

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Rakesh M.

Consumer Services, 1-10 employees

Used monthly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Ostinato helped us test specific cloud scenarios

Reviewed a year ago

Its a fantastic and intuitive product especially for scale testing and will definitely recommend it.

Pros

Ease of setup in cloud scenarios and also flexibility to setup multiple instances is really nice.

Cons

Sometimes setup time is hard but I have seen the latest guides speaking from my usage which was like a year ago

Vendor response

Thank you for your kind words, Rakesh! We'd love to know the scenarios where the setup was difficult and/or took time and we will look into ways to improve that - please reach out to support to get this started.