May 09, 2011 19:15 ET

Ixia Helps F5 Networks Validate New Performance Levels for Secured Web Traffic

Ixia's Xcellon-Ultra XT80 Hits 20Gbps of SSL Traffic Testing

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - May 9, 2011) - INTEROP 2011 --Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), the leading, global provider of converged IP network test solutions, and F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in application delivery networking (ADN), today announced the largest public test of SSL performance in an enterprise-class application delivery controller (ADC). Using Ixia's Xcellon-Ultra™ XT80 and IxLoad test application, the test showcases the astonishing performance of F5's VIPRION 2400 ADC and of Ixia's test solutions. Ixia will demonstrate the test in its booth #1367 at Interop Las Vegas, May 8-12.

Ixia's Xcellon-Ultra is designed to meet the highest SSL performance needs of ADCs and application-aware security devices. The Xcellon-Ultra XT80 is the only test solution that generates both 20Gbps plus of secure enterprise traffic and millions of user sessions. SSL offload is a key component of medium- and large-scale enterprise networks that need to secure and accelerate their online transactions. ADCs, such as the F5 VIPRION 2400 SSL, play an important role in terminating secure connections and directing web requests to optimize appropriate web services.

Xcellon-Ultra's extreme capacity and security acceleration was designed to flexibly adapt to, and fully support, next-generation data center convergence trends. It leverages cutting-edge, multi-core processors; hardware encryption; and the highest 10GE density to generate realistic application traffic at the extreme scales required for secure data center networks. This enables the Xcellon-Ultra to validate the performance of a wide range of networking devices and services, including ADCs, web application servers, application-aware firewalls, and security platforms.

Key Facts:

  • F5 Networks' VIPRION 2400 is a new blade chassis that combines industry-leading layer 4-7 performance, ultimate high-availability, and virtualization capabilities into a power and efficient platform for mid-sized enterprises. The VIPRION 2400 delivers unmatched flexibility and an on-demand system for cost effective scaling.
  • Xcellon-Ultra's massive line rate, coupled with IxLoad's advanced layer 4-7 capabilities, can perform stateful SSL negotiation and encryption/decryption testing at 20Gbps with 400K connections -- a milestone in the test and measurement industry.

Supporting Quotes:

  • "SSL performance is an industry mandate and its relevance in the enterprise continues to expand with the growth of social networking, mobility, and cloud applications. F5 continues to set the benchmark by providing the highest levels of throughput and transactions per second available," said Ram Periakaruppan, VP of Product Development at Ixia.
  • "Mid- to large-sized enterprises are continually challenged by the increasing demand for connections and transactions per second," said Ryan Kearny, VP of Product Development of F5. "F5 continually relies on Ixia to provide a means of validating the performance of our VIPRION product line."

For more information on Ixia's application layer test solutions, visit Ixia's website.

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. For more information, please go to

About F5 Networks
F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5's flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organizations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5's vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organizations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, please go to

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