July 18, 2011 13:21 ET

EANTC and Ixia Team to Deliver Industry's First Multi-Vendor 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) Benchmarking Tests

Multiple Vendors Demonstrate Adherence to Rigorous Higher Speed Ethernet (HSE) Standards and Prove Scalability of Services Over 100GE

CALABASAS, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 18, 2011) - Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), the leading global provider of converged IP and wireless network test solutions, and EANTC, a vendor-neutral consultancy and test facility, announced today a cooperative effort to deliver testing criteria, methodology, and administration of multiple vendors' 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) switches. This EANTC-led, industry-first set of benchmark tests provides carriers, data center managers, and application service providers with a detailed insight into various Higher Speed Ethernet (HSE) products using a consistent test methodology via Ixia's 100GE testing solution. The first in this series of tests took place during May and June, 2011, and the first two 100GE product test reports for ZTE and Alcatel-Lucent are available on Light Reading's webpage.

Fixed and mobile packet networks worldwide are experiencing increasing traffic, driven by video applications, mobile data, and mission critical business services. As an emerging technology, there are currently few neutral comparisons of various vendors' 100GE HSE products -- making it difficult for network administrators to choose the devices that best suit their HSE needs. EANTC and Light Reading have created a public test program aimed at providing network administrators with an unbiased, empirical view of new 100GE systems coming to market.

In the open test program, EANTC validated the performance, service scalability, and power efficiency of the new HSE router interfaces. This industry benchmark, powered by Ixia's 100GE testing solutions, ran a full spectrum of network tests that measured:

  • RFC 2544 throughput and latency test across the backplane (100GE to 100GE)
  • RFC 2544 throughput and latency fan-out (10x10 GE to 100GE)
  • Similar IP multicast traffic scenarios
  • RSVP-TE scalability -- router's ability to act as an MPLS Label Switched Router (LSR)
  • Layer 3 VPNs scalability -- scaling up the VPNs
  • Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS) scalability
  • Quality of service (QoS)
  • Energy consumption

Supporting Quotes:

  • "Though still evolving and being adopted into various network infrastructures, 100GE solutions are rapidly gaining ground as a go-to technology for accommodating rapid increase in bandwidth-intensive, media-rich applications," said Carsten Rossenhövel, Managing Director at EANTC. "We selected Ixia as a testing partner for both its early involvement with the IEEE standard's development, and the fact that its well-engineered 100GE testing solution is keeping pace with vendors' services scalability."
  • "As more people use cloud services for data retrieval, streaming, and other resource-intensive media, providers will require exponentially increasing amounts of bandwidth -- and 100GE links satisfy this need," said Atul Bhatnagar, president and CEO of Ixia. "Ixia's participation in EANTC's groundbreaking test demonstration is proof of our ongoing innovation in and understanding of 100GE deployment scenarios and needs."


About Ixia
Ixia provides the industry's most comprehensive converged IP services testing solution -- from the wireless edge to the Internet core. Network equipment manufacturers, service providers, enterprises, and government agencies use Ixia's industry-leading test and simulation platforms to design and validate a broad range of wired, Wi-Fi, and 3G/4G networking equipment and networks. Ixia's solutions create real-world conditions by emulating a full range of high-scaling networking protocols and generating media-rich application traffic to validate performance, conformance and security of cloud, core, data center, wireless and multiplay networks. For more information, visit

The European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) offers vendor-neutral consultancy and test facilities for network equipment manufacturers, service providers, and enterprise customers. Primary business areas include interoperability, conformance, and performance testing for IP, MPLS, Carrier Ethernet, and Voice over IP-related network technologies and applications. For more information contact Carsten Rossenhoevel, Managing Director, at +49.30.3180595-0 or via e-mail at

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