Ixia Tests Juniper MX 3D

EANTC selected Ixia’s IxNetwork solution to test the performance of Juniper Networks MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers

November 3, 2009

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CALABASAS, Calif. -- Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) and Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) today announced the results of performance testing recently conducted by the European Advanced Network Test Center (EANTC). EANTC selected Ixia’s IxNetwork solution to test the performance of Juniper Networks® MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers, designed to address enterprise and service provider requirements for more flexible technology and business models.

Using IxNetwork™, powered by ViperCore technology, EANTC validated the high port density, throughput, and scalability of MX Series 3D. IxNetwork measured the MX Series 3D’s ability to deliver the high-bandwidth services demanded by next-generation networks by generating peak traffic volumes. The MX480 3D Universal Edge Router accurately processed an unprecedented 1.4 terabits per second of traffic over 2.4 million routes using a mix of IPv4 and IPv6 traffic flows in a compact sixth of a rack form factor – exceeding one billion packets per second. The MX Series 3D exhibited leading MPLS performance that included more than 6,000 active VPLS and L3 VPN service instances, 2.4 million unique VPN routes, and 60,000 multicast groups.

“IxNetwork delivered very high traffic levels and protocol emulation that allowed us to benchmark the breakthrough performance of the MX480 3D router,” said Mehdi Sif, director, technology marketing, at Juniper. “IxNetwork allowed us to showcase the MX Series 3D’s scale across the bandwidth, service and subscriber dimension concurrently and test the largest routing topologies.”

Ixia’s XM12 chassis, 96 IxYukon 10Gig ports, and IxNetwork version 5.40 were used in the test. Ixia’s technology experts partnered with EANTC to plan and implement the test process.

“The adoption of media-rich applications has led to a bandwidth explosion in the Internet core. Junipers MX Series routers provide the densities and capacities needed for bridging next-generation edge networks with this core,” said Carsten Rossenhöevel, EANTC. “Ixia proved to be a great testing partner that allowed us to showcase the breakthrough performance of this next-generation solution.”

As networks converge into a single network infrastructure used to carry voice, video, data, and wireless traffic, it is critical that leading-edge test systems be used to assess functionality, scale, and performance. IxNetwork provides wire-rate traffic generation with service modeling that builds realistic and dynamically controllable data-plane traffic. IxNetwork’s built-in protocol and traffic wizards provide an easy to use, versatile solution to test large-scale, complex, next-generation devices. With its comprehensive protocol coverage, IxNetwork quickly hones in on key performance metrics in large-scale networks, including latency, jitter, and frame loss.

IxNetwork offers the industry's most versatile test solution for functional and performance testing with its comprehensive emulation of routing, switching, MPLS, IP multicast, broadband, authentication, Carrier Ethernet, and data center bridging protocols. IxNetwork scales to new heights, enabling our customers to build the most powerful devices and largest networks.

Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA)

Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR)

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