(NASDAQ: XXIA), the leading global provider of converged IP and wireless
network test solutions, today announced that it will demonstrate the
most comprehensive test solution for next-generation virtualized data
center infrastructures in Ixia booth #413 at VMworld 2012 in San
Francisco from August 26-30. Ixia will also demonstrate a proof of
concept where Ixia virtual ports (IxVM) are being used to test an
OpenStack (Cloud OS) environment.
Application virtualization in a cloud environment is a compelling
solution with economic, flexibility, and capacity benefits for
enterprises of all sizes. The shared and distributed nature of cloud
computing components, however, makes it extremely difficult to predict
requirements and optimize performance. A new, more specialized testing
approach is required in order to measure the true capacity and quality
of virtualized applications and infrastructures.
Ixia's IxNetwork and IxANVL solutions will test two important areas of
Validating the virtualized infrastructure - the complexity of the
infrastructure inherent in next-gen virtualized networks requires
comprehensive testing in order to guarantee adequate robustness.
Ixia's demonstration will show:
IxNetwork validating the performance of data center =
infrastructure switching tiers using the new cloud infrastucture
Quick Test. This Quick Test provides unique traffic profiles and
the ability to create North-South and East-West traffic patterns;
IxNetwork testing new layer 2 multi-path (L2MP) protocols needed
to replace spanning-tree, including TRILL and SPBM; and
IxNetwork and IxANVL testing OpenFlow for functionality,
performance, and conformance.
Enabling testing in the cloud - OpenStack and other cloud operating
systems are enabling multi-tenancy data centers by providing a
management layer on top of various hypervisors (virtualized servers).
These cloud operating systems can be used to deploy VMs and provision
the required networking connectivity:
IxNetwork with IxVM (virtual Ixia ports running on a VM) Ixia will
test performance VM to VM, through the vSwitch and out to physical
network resources. This provides the unique ability to test IaaS
and PaaS to determine performance prior to going live;
Cloud providers can test multi-tenant virtualized infrastructures
from layer 2/3, including vSwitches, through the application layer
to ensure they can meet SLAs for enterprise customers once
Enabling Testing-as-a-Service for customers through the customer
portal to test services upon spin up, before going live.
Ixia's unique virtualized test solutions provide the essential tools to
ensure that cloud service will perform with high availability and
necessary security. Ixia's IxVM allows enterprises and cloud providers
to independently validate:
Service level agreements (SLAs),
Layer 2/3 infrastructure (components of the virtual switch, including
functionality, conformance to standards, and performance), and
Layer 4-7 functionality (VM migration, NAS/SAN/DCBx system capacity
and performance, and cloud infrastructure security).
Ixia's virtual tools isolate portions of the virtual data center to
pinpoint security flaws, performance bottlenecks, and operational issues.
By 2015, 35 percent of Global 2000 companies will generate revenue
through cloud-enabled subscription-based services and revenue models,
according to Gartner's April 2011 report: Building a Strategy for a
IDC's forecasts that OpenFlow and the SDN market will increase to $168
million market by 2013, and by 2016 it will be worth $2 billion.
"Determining the performance characteristics of physical, virtualized,
and soft application delivery and security products requires
comprehensive testing using large-scale emulation of realistic user
communities and high-capacity loads," said Michael Haugh, senior
market development manager at Ixia. "Ixia's virtualization solutions
provide the complex types and volumes of traffic that are required to
test and demonstrate the performance and resilience of our
next-generation virtualized data centers."
provides the industry's most comprehensive converged IP network
validation and network
visibility solutions. Equipment
agencies use Ixia's solutions to design, verify, and monitor a broad
range of wired, Wi-Fi,
equipment and networks. Ixia's test solutions emulate realistic media-rich
traffic and network conditions so that customers can optimize and
validate the design, performance, and security
of their pre-deployment networks. Ixia's intelligent network
visibility platforms provide clarity into physical and virtual
production networks for improved performance, security,
resiliency, and application
delivery of cloud,
center, and service
provider networks. For more information, visit www.ixiacom.com.
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Lydia Howard, Account Manager