Ixia Tests Virtualization

IxVM allows enterprises to test both virtualized network resources and applications across thousands of VMs

April 29, 2009

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CALABASAS, Calif. -- Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), a leading, global provider of IP performance test systems, today announced its expansion into virtual network and virtualization testing. The IxVM product suite is the first solution of its kind that enables data center managers to assess virtual infrastructure performance and capacity. IxVM builds on the company’s industry-leading library of layer 2-7 performance test tools that discover, manage and automate testing in large virtualized environments.

Large enterprises, system integrators and service providers are rapidly building out data centers utilizing new virtualization technologies without the tools necessary to evaluate system performance under load. Data center managers need to measure the performance of virtual network and server resources when thousands of users access those services. Legacy network resources were straight-forward to isolate and balance. Virtual infrastructure makes it extremely challenging to isolate the network functions and bottlenecks.

With Ixia’s new suite of IxVM products, it is now possible to test layer 2/3 virtual network resources and layer 4-7 virtual applications. IxChariot VM, a component of IxVM, uses software endpoints – small software components that run on each virtual machine – that send and receive test traffic, while measuring performance. This makes it possible to source traffic from virtual servers in the same manner as the supported applications. IxExplorer VM uses software endpoints to generate layer 2/3 traffic to test features such as VLAN and QoS.

“In our rush to cash in on the benefits of virtualization, we seem to have overlooked the problems associated with assessing the end to end performance of virtualized networks,” said Zeus Keravala, Senior Analyst at Yankee Group. “IxVM provides the vantage points for emulating and measuring system performance down to the virtual component. Ixia has demonstrated strong leadership and claimed first mover advantage by filling this gap with their virtualization test initiative.”

Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA)

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