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July 22, 2002
SANTA CLARA and CALABASAS, Calif. -- Network Associates (NYSE: NET), the leader in security, availability, and performance solutions, and Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA), a leading provider of high-speed, multiport network performance analysis and network monitoring systems, today announced an OEM agreement to integrate the SnifferâTechnologies protocol analysis and fault isolation capabilities with Ixia’s network verification solutions. This new relationship provides a unique, cost-effective solution that combines extensive wire-speed network analysis and hardware level filtering with sophisticated packet level decode and automated problem detection capabilities. The combined technology enables network equipment manufacturers, service providers, and IT/Network Management professionals to ensure quality product and service offerings through the added ability to perform packet level analysis of network performance issues. “To succeed in today’s competitive market, it is essential for vendors to provide high quality, economical, and reliable solutions to their customers,” said Christopher Thompson, vice president of Marketing for the Sniffer Technologies product line of Network Associates. “Ixia’s unique offering enables companies to leverage the integrated power of Ixia’s problem detection capabilities and Sniffer Technologies problem resolution capabilities in a single solution, ensuring that the delivery of the ultimate quality and customer satisfaction experience is achieved at a minimal cost.” The Sniffer technology integrated into the Ixia product line supports all of Ixia’s interface Load Modules, including 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, OC3, OC12, OC48 and OC192 Packet Over SONET (POS). The technology provides pre-filtering of wire-speed network traffic in real time, utilizing Ixia’s Load Modules, combined with the comprehensive decode and problem resolution abilities of Sniffer Portable executing on the Ixia client management platform. A key advantage is the ability to recreate traffic patterns by encoding captured traffic and retransmitting it through the Ixia ports to drill down into the source of the problem. [NAI1] The offering also provides the first on the market 10 Gigabit Ethernet decode platform, providing adopters of the technology with extensive network and device performance visibility. IxiaNetwork Associates Inc.
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