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Ixia’s IxChariot adds enhanced wireless and security testing features

March 11, 2005

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CALABASAS, Calif. -- Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA), a leading, global provider of IP network testing solutions, announced today that its release of IxChariot 6.0 introduces a new and easy way to measure the scalability and functional compliance of thousands of traffic policies deployed in a typical network. The IxChariot 6.0 release also provides a unique way to correlate the quality and roaming performance of a wireless link with network application performance and Voice over IP (VoIP) Mean Opinion Score (MOS) test results. These features strengthen IxChariot’s lead as the primary network test tool for performance verification of devices and networks under realistic load conditions.

With this release, IxChariot users are now able to freely associate TCP, UDP and RTP payloads with any test script using IxChariot’s new “script-embedded payloads” feature. Use of the new script-embedded payloads provides far greater flexibility and realism in testing the ability of content-aware network devices to enforce policies that rely on deep packet inspection. These correlations are especially important because “intelligent” networking devices, such as firewalls or traffic shapers, make traffic forwarding decisions based on deep packet (payload) inspection, and these devices are becoming standard network components.

The IxChariot 6.0 release, in support of its large WLAN testing user community, now includes integrated metrics for key 802.11 parameters, such as the Received Signal Strength Index (RSSI) indicator and the ability to correlate the Basic Service Set Identifier (BSSID) used in wireless LAN networks with the wide range of enterprise, Internet, and VoIP traffic types. The new 802.11 measurements in IxChariot 6.0 make it possible for users to determine the critical roaming performance of a WLAN switch or Access Point infrastructure while the test station running a standard Windows or WinCE Performance Endpoint is emulating latency and packet-loss sensitive applications, such as VoIP, multicast, and streaming video, with or without Quality of Service policies applied.

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