October 12, 2010 07:00 ET

Ixia Breaks Terabit Barrier With Next-Generation IP Network Testing Architecture

Xcellon™ Product Family Addresses Expanding Scale and Complexity of Evolving, Media-Rich Networks

CALABASAS, CA--(Marketwire - October 12, 2010) -  Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), a leading, global provider of converged IP network test solutions, today unveiled Xcellon™, its next-generation testing architecture that breaks the terabit traffic generation barrier for testing evolving media-rich networks. The Xcellon product family combines the processing power of multi-core CPUs to deliver up to 12 times the per-port performance of the nearest competitor. This enables carriers, enterprises and equipment manufacturers to ensure that their networks and devices are ready to handle increasingly complex traffic from millions of mobile and fixed subscribers, with a high quality of service (QoS).

The Xcellon-Flex™ product line breaks the terabit traffic generation barrier, with full layer 2-7 core network testing. It simulates 4 times the connections per second rate currently available, emulating over 80 million video sessions simultaneously. This is the equivalent of the entire population of Germany concurrently making video calls. Xcellon-Flex also provides double the port density, and 12 times the per-port performance of competitive solutions, while using 30% less power than the previous generation of 10 GE ports.

The Xcellon-Ultra™ product line, with its extreme capacity and security acceleration, is designed to exceed the thresholds of tomorrow's multiplay services, application delivery infrastructure, and security platforms. It delivers the highest 10 GE application performance, and can generate up to 80 gigabits of line-rate stateful traffic and 40 gigabits of IPsec encrypted traffic. With Xcellon-Ultra, test engineers can emulate up to 24 million concurrent Internet video streams.

Xcellon is designed to adapt and fully support the data center convergence and cloud-computing paradigms that are changing the dynamics of business IT. It leverages cutting-edge multi-core processors, hardware encryption coprocessors, and high test port density to generate realistic media-rich application traffic on the extreme scale required for next-generation networks. This enables the Xcellon product family to validate the performance of a wide range of networking devices and services, including routers, switches, web application servers, application-aware firewalls, application delivery controllers, and security platforms.

Key Facts:

  • The Xcellon-Flex load module provides the highest port density in the industry; with 16-10 GE ports per card utilizing powerful multi-core processors and substantial memory.
  • The Xcellon-Flex load module has the unique ability to aggregate the processing power of four ports onto a single port to match the capacity of high-scale networking devices. Aggregation of all 16 ports on a card provides unprecedented levels of network emulation and traffic generation.
  • The Xcellon-Ultra XT80 provides an unprecedented 3 million connections per second and 80 Gbps of real-world traffic to address the testing requirements of the largest application-aware DPI and network security devices.
  • The Xcellon-Ultra XTS40 provides an industry-leading 4,000 tunnels per second and 40 Gbps of IPsec encrypted traffic to test the highest performing security gateways in the industry.

Supporting Quotes:

  • "Service providers and equipment manufacturers must test at a previously unheard of level to keep pace with the network traffic demands of their customers," said Atul Bhatnagar, CEO and president of Ixia. "Ixia has concentrated its 13+ years of network testing experience to develop an architecture that can meet the future challenges of large-scale network testing. Flexible configuration of hardware resources enables us to match and adapt to the next-generation of testing needs."

  • "The exponential growth of traffic in converged data centers, combined with the adoption of virtualized- and cloud-based technologies, requires a testing platform that moves way beyond currently accepted standards," said Olga Yashkova, program manager at Frost & Sullivan. "The Xcellon family of products makes this leap, and provides a conduit to meet long-term performance targets. It should easily see the industry through the next generation of networking products."

  • "Data center networks require high-capacity scale, throughput, and non-blocking architectures to fulfill customer requirements. Ixia's next-generation Xcellon architecture delivers the unparalleled 10 GE port density, ultra-high performance, and massive scale vital for developing and validating next-generation data center devices," said Steve Garrison, vice president of marketing at Force10 Networks. "To meet our customers' needs, we must develop next-generation networking and data center devices that can handle massive amounts of data traffic. Ixia's Xcellon family is the flexible, scalable, and energy efficient test product required by the industry to meet the testing demands of the immediate future, and beyond."


About Ixia
Ixia is a leading provider of converged IP performance test systems and service verification platforms for wireless and wired infrastructures and services. Ixia's test systems are used by network and telephony equipment manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, service providers, governments and enterprises to validate the performance and reliability of complex networks, devices and applications. Ixia's multiplay test systems address the growing need to test voice, video and data services and network capability under real-world conditions.

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