February 08, 2011 08:00 ET

Ixia Validates Cutting-Edge Technologies at MPLS and Ethernet World Congress 2011

Tests Demonstrate Vendor Interoperability Using MPLS-TP, MPLS Services over Higher Speed Ethernet, and Timing over Packet Technologies

PARIS--(Marketwire - February 8, 2011) - Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), a leading, global provider of converged IP network test solutions, is participating in a live, public, and wide-ranging MPLS and Ethernet multi-vendor interoperability showcase at MPLS & Ethernet World Congress, February 8 - 11 in Paris, France. Several of the demonstrated emerging technologies enable cost-efficient, scalable, and reliable delivery of services over packet networks. Ixia is a key participant in the demonstration, testing cutting-edge technologies including MPLS services over 100 GE higher speed Ethernet (HSE), draft standard MPLS Transport Profile (MPLS-TP), and timing over packet (ToP) using multiple network equipment vendors' routing and switching devices. The showcase was organized by the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC).

The availability of HSE networks will accommodate the growing volume of service traffic over core networks. Ixia's MPLS emulation, running on Ixia K2 100 GE test interfaces, will demonstrate how HSE interfaces support the same MPLS services extensively deployed in today's 10 GE core networks.

MPLS-TP adds transport-like operation, OAM, and resilience characteristics to carrier-class MPLS technology. This makes MPLS-TP an attractive option for access, aggregation, and backhaul networks that support broadband, business, and mobility services. Ixia's draft standard MPLS-TP emulations will validate OAM, protection switching and recovery, and MPLS interworking.

Carriers attempting to accommodate bandwidth-hungry mobile devices are replacing legacy TDM-based mobile backhaul networks with Carrier Ethernet in order to cost-effectively scale their networks. Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) and IEEE 1588v2 are two ToP protocols that achieve the accurate clock synchronization needed to deliver mobile voice over packet-based backhaul networks. Ixia's 1588v2 and SyncE emulations will be used to demonstrate the functionality and interoperability of ToP implementations on multiple vendors' equipment.

Ixia will demonstrate MPLS-TP domain interworking during a guided tour of EANTC's Interop booth on Thursday, February 10 at 10 a.m. and on MPLS services over 100 GE at noon on Thursday. In addition, Ixia's Senior Product Manager Michael Haugh will deliver a paper on A Method to Distribute Clocking over an IP/Ethernet Network at MPLS & Ethernet World Congress on Friday, February 11 at 10:30 a.m., and on The Role of Verification Tools in the Transition at V6 World Congress 2011 on Friday, February 11 from 3:30-4:00 p.m.

Key Facts:

  • Ixia's IxNetwork was used to perform protocol emulation and traffic generation over its award-winning NGY 10 GE and K2 100 GE load modules.
  • Ixia's MPLS and MPLS-TP protocol emulations are being used to verify MPLS-TP 1:1 LSP tunnel protection functionality using bi-directional forwarding detection (BFD) OAM, validate interworking and service delivery between MPLS and MPLS-TP transport domains, and measure protection switchover and recovery time.

Supporting Quotes:

  • "MPLS-TP is a promising and important emerging technology that may become the de-facto networking infrastructure standard," said Tara Van Unen, Market Development Manager at Ixia. "This interoperability demonstration reinforces Ixia's commitment to providing equipment manufacturers and service providers with industry-leading network validation tools."
  • "MPLS-TP is gaining significant industry attention for its claim to simplify packet transport networks," said Carsten Rossenhövel, Managing Director at EANTC. "EANTC's draft standard MPLS-TP interoperability demonstration provides service providers excellent insight into the current state of vendor implementations and confidence in key development milestones to date."
  • "Ixia's MPLS-TP emulation was extremely valuable in demonstrating our ability to successfully stitch together multi-segment pseudowires between the MPLS and MPLS-TP domains," said Jon Berger, Director of Control Plane Technologies from Metaswitch Networks. "Furthermore, Ixia's test solution helped verify our ability to establish OAM sessions -- an important test to showcase as OAM is a fundamental driver of MPLS-TP's momentum."


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.

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 Rossenhövel, Managing Director, at +49.30.3180595-0 or via e-mail at

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