May 03, 2011 15:37 ET

Ixia Launches User-Friendly, Flexible Data Center Testing Solution for the Enterprise

Next-Gen Software and Hardware Solutions Offer Data Center Managers Means to Efficiently Test Enterprise Networks

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - May 3, 2011) - INTEROP 2011-- Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), a leading global provider of converged IP network test solutions, today announced simplified and flexible testing solutions that meet the needs of evolving enterprise data centers. Ixia's latest IxNetwork™ v6.00 test application introduces a new, intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), productivity tools, and automated test suites. The next generation software, combined with higher-density and more flexible hardware, overcomes enterprise testing barriers such as steep learning curves, insufficient test reproducibility, and poor return on investment (ROI). Ixia will demonstrate its data center testing solution at Interop 2011 Las Vegas from May 8-12 in booth #1367.

Traditionally, enterprise data center managers did not engage or invest in network testing, as infrastructure upgrades were routine and involved little risk to the quality and stability of applications and services. Today, however, with the prominence of software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, dynamically-provisioned cloud services, and reliance on wireless devices for content delivery, lack of planning and testing can lead to severe downtimes and financial impact. This massive transformation of data center infrastructure, as well as fundamental changes to traffic flows and capacity strains, require data center managers to test their networks for performance, capacity, and service delivery prior to live deployment and on a continuous basis.

Ixia's next-generation IxNetwork test application is setting industry standards for out-of-the-box testing through simple traffic generation, fast network emulation, and user-friendly automation. The Xcellon-Flex™ 10/40GE Accelerated Performance is the industry's first load module to offer both 10GE SFP+ and 40GE QSFP+ ports in a single chassis slot. Combined with IxNetwork, the Xcellon-Flex 10/40GE load module provides enterprises an excellent ROI using both high port density and the ability to seamlessly transition from 10GE to 40GE interfaces as the data center scales and expands. Ixia now delivers an enterprise-level test solution to validate a full range of traffic and networking scenarios in a collaborative fashion between enterprises and the vendors that provide them data center solutions. It is a multi-dimensional, resource-saving solution for guaranteeing network quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE).

Ixia is a leader in network testing, and helped define industry-first benchmarking tests for comparing the performance of top of rack (ToR) switches in the context of data center clouds. These tests have gained widespread industry acceptance as evidenced in the recent benchmarking event by Lippis Report, which included the participation of seven major ToR switch vendors: Alcatel-Lucent, IBM BLADE, Force10, Arista, Hitachi, Juniper Networks, and Voltaire.

Key Facts:

  • IxNetwork is appropriate for the novice user, with a next-generation GUI designed with click-through automation that makes configuration test scenarios simple. IxNetwork offers pre-packaged performance benchmarking tests for different devices across the data center, including converged network adapters (CNA) and storage endpoints, ToR switches, FCoE switches, and virtualized servers.
  • The Xcellon-Flex 10/40GE Accelerated Performance load module includes 16-ports of 10GE and 4-ports 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.

Supporting Quotes:

  • "Virtualization and cloud computing are game-changing technologies that impact all aspects of enterprise data centers, from the virtualized server, through the data center network, to the storage devices. Lack of planning can now have severe network responsiveness, scalability, and quality consequences, and managers must pay due diligence to pre-deployment testing," said Rob Smithers, CEO of Miercom. "Ixia's Interop 2011 testing demonstration highlights the invaluable nature of enterprise pre-deployment testing in general, and Ixia's solutions in particular."
  • "Enterprise networks and data centers are necessarily evolving to match new traffic demands and user requirements. The days when enterprise network managers can rely solely on their vendors to validate network functionality and performance are rapidly ending," said Vic Alston, senior VP of product development at Ixia. "Ixia has worked hard to keep pace with the changing needs of enterprise networks, and developed simple-to-use testing solutions that are both powerful and scalable."


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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