Gambit Assists in Testing APC’s Inventory Power Management Offering



Nashua, NH – April 23, 2001 Gambit Communications announced today that American Power Conversion (NASDAQ: APCC), a global leader in end-to-end availability enhancement solutions, has utilized the MIMIC™ Simulator for its development and test environment for APC’s innovative PowerChuteÒ Inventory Manager software.


“Without MIMIC, it would have been extremely difficult and costly to make the level of scalability claims that we do with the new offering of our inventory management software,” said Kevin Brown, Software Group Director, APC.  “We were very pleased with the MIMIC simulator’s capability to imitate a large network testing base for our developers to observe and test our software.”


APC’s PowerChute Inventory Manager provides enterprise-wide management of APC UPSs, allowing IT Managers to automatically capture, organize and assess vital information concerning their APC power infrastructure.  Many of APC’s customers have thousands of APC UPSs installed – the PowerChute Inventory Manager was designed to accommodate these large installations, offering administrators the ability to proactively maintain up to 10,000 APC UPS systems on their network. 


To validate the PowerChute Inventory Manager’s capabilities in these installations, APC turned to Gambit Communications’ MIMIC Simulator.  MIMIC simulated large networks of APC devices that developers and testers could use, saving them the time of setting up large equipment labs and test networks.


The MIMIC Simulator was used to “record” the device MIBs for the APC product set, including the APC SNMP Software Agent and the Web/SNMP Management Card. The web card provides APC’s customers with the ability to manage, configure and control their power protection devices via SNMP, Telnet or even HTTP protocols.  MIMIC was then used to simulate the devices and Web cards.  Simulation scenarios were created with thousands of devices – mirroring a typical customer’s enterprise – and the claim of managing 10,000 devices was substantiated.


“We evaluated other simulators, and MIMIC met our needs for testing this first of its kind UPS management offering,“ said Brad Hammond, Software Program Manager for PowerChute Inventory Manager from APC.  “Specifically, MIMIC supported the scalability requirements we had and it allowed us to test multiple operating systems including Linux, providing a comprehensive evaluation of the environments our customers are implementing.  Most importantly, the thorough testing process helps make the installation of our product easy for our customers.”


About American Power Conversion

Founded in 1981, American Power Conversion (Nasdaq: APCC) is a leading provider of global, end-to-end availability enhancement solutions which include surge suppressors, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), DC-based power systems, precision cooling equipment, cabling and connectivity solutions, power conditioning equipment, related software, professional and consulting services for Nonstop Networking™, as well as power purchasing solutions through, The World's Online Energy Store.  APC's comprehensive products, services and accessory offering, which is designed for both home and corporate environments, improves the availability, manageability and performance of sensitive electronic, network, communication and industrial equipment of all sizes.  APC, which is headquartered in West Kingston, Rhode Island, reported sales of $1.48 billion for the year ended December 31, 2000 and is a Fortune 1000 and S&P 500 company.


Additional information about APC and its global end-to-end solutions can be found by accessing the APC World Wide Web site at or by calling 800-877-4080.



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 SNMP-based 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), DHCP and TFTP, as well as RMON(1, 2).

To see a demonstration of MIMIC Simulator, visit Gambit Communications (Booth 3165) at the Networld+Interop Show in Las Vegas on May 8-10.


About Gambit Communications, Inc.

Founded in 1995, Gambit Communications is a leader in network simulation tools that enhance the productivity of network management developers and enterprise users while lowering their costs. MIMIC Simulator is a 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 100 customers includes: Computer Associates, HP, MCI, Lucent, Xylan, GTE, APC, Quallaby, Seagate, InfoVista, Fujitsu, Marconi, Nortel, and Ericsson.  For more information on Gambit and MIMIC, please visit

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