May 04, 2011 15:22 ET

Ixia Introduces Complete Data Center Cloud Simulation Solution to Validate Ultra-Low Latency Network Performance

Ixia and Force10 Networks' Interop Demonstration Highlights Top-of-Rack Switch Performance Requirements for Time-Sensitive, Cloud-Based Applications

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - May 4, 2011) - -- INTEROP 2011 --Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), a leading global provider of converged IP network test solutions, today announced new products that validate ultra-low latency for time-sensitive applications in data center cloud networks. The company's Xcellon-Flex™ and ImpairNet™ modules use a single integrated chassis to achieve realistic, timely, and cost-effective data center cloud simulation. Ixia's RFC-based test suites and benchmark performance metrics make it easy to evaluate and compare different network switches to justify purchase decisions. At Interop 2011 in booth #1367, Ixia is showcasing these new capabilities in a live evaluation of the traffic forwarding and ultra-low latency performance of Force10's S4810 top-of-rack (ToR) switch.

Data center operators are upgrading their infrastructure to support high volumes of VM-driven traffic, high forwarding performance, and ultra-low latency. The resulting complex traffic flows, fueled by server virtualization, strains switching equipment. Ixia's new Xcellon-Flex™ 10/40GE Accelerated Performance load module generates both east-west and north-south traffic flows that are characteristic of data center clouds, and measures whether switches can satisfy forwarding performance requirements. At the same time the new ImpairNet module simulates the latency that is inherent in wide area networks (WAN) between data center clouds, and validates whether the end-to-end performance is impacted by the delay within the WAN cloud. The ability to completely characterize the latency performance of data center clouds is critical for time-sensitive applications such as financial transactions, where even milliseconds of delay can results in a loss of thousands of dollars.

Key Facts:

  • The Xcellon-Flex™ 10/40GE Accelerated Performance load module includes 16-ports of 10GE and 4-ports of 40GE in a single-slot, with mixed-speed operation for maximum ROI, multicore CPU to accelerate layer 2-7 performance, port CPU/memory aggregation for the industry's highest scaling solution, and full automation support for data center cloud traffic and protocols.
  • The ImpairNet test module includes four 1GE or four 10GE ports on a single XM module to achieve the industry's highest port density, full line rate impairment on all frame sizes, ultra-high latency simulation (at 600ms for 10GE and 6sec for 1GE), and integrated GUI traffic and impairment generation.
  • The Force10 S-Series S4810 is an ultra-low latency 10/40 GE ToR switch purpose-built for applications in high-performance data center and computing environments. Leveraging a non-blocking, cut-through switching architecture, the S4810 delivers line-rate layer 2 and 3 forwarding capacity with ultra-low latency to maximize network performance. Based on a recent network performance and power test by Nick Lippis of the Lippis Report, the S4810 demonstrated as much as 5% to 70% lower latency than comparable switches in a 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) configuration. Click here to view the Lippis Report test results.
  • Using Ixia testing solutions, Force10's new Z-Series™ ZettaScale Z9000™ tested across a distributed core of multiple Z9000s in a leaf-and-spine architecture. The Z9000 distributed core switch, designed in a 2RU form factor, delivers 2.5 Tb of switching capacity in 1/10 the space and with 1/20 the power consumption at 1/5 the price of competing products.

Supporting Quotes:

  • "The combination of Ixia's Xcellon-Flex and ImpairNet modules made it possible to fully stress our ToR switches under realistic data center cloud conditions," said Arpit Joshipura, chief marketing officer at Force 10. "These Ixia performance metrics allow our customers to have confidence that our equipment will satisfy the latency requirements of even the most time-sensitive applications."
  • "The evolution of data centers to cloud computing requires comprehensive testing to ensure the performance of mission-critical applications," said Tara Van Unen, senior manager of market development at Ixia. "Ixia provides the only testing solution that combines traffic generation, network emulation, and WAN impairment in a single, cost-effective platform."


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.

About Force10
Force10 Networks is a global technology leader that data center, service provider and enterprise customers rely on when the network is their business. The company's high performance solutions are designed to deliver new economics by virtualizing and automating Ethernet networks. Force10's high density and resilient Ethernet switching and routing products increase network availability, agility and efficiency while reducing power and cooling costs. For more information on Force10 Networks, please visit

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