Ixia, Extreme Team for Showcase

Ixia and Extreme demo multilayer wire-speed traffic across 768 ports using Extreme's BlackDiamond switch and Ixia's Optixia platform

June 24, 2003

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LONDON -- Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA), a leading provider of network and enterprise application performance analysis systems, is being showcased at Extreme Networks Inc.'s (Nasdaq: EXTR) booth at the Networks for Business Show. Extreme Networks is utilising the powerful capability of Ixia's Optixia, the world's highest port density test platform, to transmit traffic through its largest core switching platform, the BlackDiamond® 6816. The Optixia recently gained industry recognition by winning the Best of Interop Award at this year's NetWorld+Interop networking show in Las Vegas in the Network Test and Measurement Category.

During the demonstration, Extreme Networks' BlackDiamond 6816 platform will be running voice and video applications, while the Ixia equipment will be used to verify performance metrics, such as throughput and latency, while emulating a fully-meshed Layer 3 Internet Protocol (IP) network at wire-speed.

"With this year's introduction of Triumph, our new 3rd generation ASIC, the BlackDiamond now offers customers even greater density, higher performance and an improved price per port. Thanks to Ixia's advanced testing capabilities we can fully demonstrate those gains to our customers," commented Martin van Schooten, Director of Marketing for EMEA at Extreme Networks.

Extreme Networks' BlackDiamond 6816 leads the industry in density with up to 360 Gigabit Ethernet ports in a single chassis when fully populated with the new 3rd generation G24T3 modules. This BlackDiamond configuration will also accommodate a maximum of 1536 10/100BASE-TX ports, or 512 100BASE-FX ports when fully populated with the F32Fi module.

"Ixia is pleased to provide the necessary technology to Extreme Networks for the demonstration at this show," said Errol Ginsberg, president and CEO of Ixia. "Optixia offers a comprehensive solution for performance verification with a port density and analysis capability still unchallenged in the industry today."

Optixia is the first network performance analyser and traffic generator to offer up to 480 ports of full 10/100 Mbps Ethernet or 240 ports of Gigabit Ethernet in one chassis. Each test port integrates a CPU running LINUX, providing Layer 2-7 test capabilities on each test port. Optixia's unprecedented port density enables verification of sophisticated networking protocols such as BGP-4, MPLS RSVP-TE, OSPF, IS-IS, and RIP, as well as Ixia's Real World Traffic Suite running Layer 4-7 applications that are able to stress content-aware devices.


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