One of the hardest parts of my job as a Network Detective is obtaining demonstration trace files. I'm sure you can imagine the legal ramifications/firestorm, that would brew if I came to your network, captured a few trace files, and then proceeded to share them with the rest of the planet.
In the past, I have set up a small network, configured a few servers, and sniffed my own traffic. Not exactly exciting, but it got the job done. Well all that changed last week when I got to play with a BreakingPoint Storm. For the uninitiated, a BreakingPoint Storm is a box that will fling out any type of traffic onto your network at line rate speeds of either 1 Gbps (what I got to use) or 10 Gbps. My test unit had four 1Gbps copper ports which could be configured to either send or receive traffic.
Now I've used traffic generators before, but never anything as powerful as this. The Storm sends application data of any and every type. I got to test my own network by configuring the Storm to send user requests via one interface and the server responses via another interface connected through a router.