November - 2008 issue > Spotlight: Networking
Gambit Communications
si Team
Monday, November 3, 2008
Gambit Communications makes our SI100 list again for 2008, it was a SI100 company in 2007. Gambit Communications is a provider of network simulation tools that enhance the productivity of management software developers and enterprise users while lowering their costs. Growing network complexity is leading to more downtime, which in turn is compelling organizations to resort to network simulation before going live. The company will be honored with the Green Apple Environment Awards, which will be awarded at the House of Commons, London, on November 10.

The use of Gambit’s MIMIC Simulator decreases the electricity requirements by 90 percent, reduces the current and future capital expense and removes the worry of recycling old electronic products or properly disposing of electronic waste such as lead and mercury. With this innovation, Gambit founders Pankaj Shah and Uwe Zimmermann aimed at creating a real world environment where the software can simulate 20,000 devices in one workstation. MIMIC simulates devices like routers, switches, and firewalls from a multitude of vendors. “Simulating a network is similar to using a flight simulator. The network engineers try out management software applications on a simulator before deploying them, just as the pilots are trained and tested on simulators before actually flying. One can simulate an entire network with thousands of network devices to test applications as well as train staff before the actual deployment,” says Pankaj Shah, Founder and CEO of Gambit Communications.

The 1995 founded privately held company has more than 500 customers including hardware manufacturers such as Cisco, Alcatel Lucent, Ericsson and Nortel; software vendors such as IBM, Computer Associates, Hewlett-Packard, BMC and EMC; integrators such as Accenture, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics; service providers such as MCI, Verio, BT, Verizon and InteQ; and high-profile enterprise customers including JP Morgan, VISA, Safeway, Shell and Boeing. Gambit also offers simulation products for engineers to prepare for Cisco and Juniper certification and training.

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