Ixia Tests 40/100G

Ixia launches next-generation higher speed Ethernet test solution and "XOTN” test solution

September 19, 2011

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LOS ANGELES -- Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), the leading, global provider of higher speed Ethernet (HSE) test solutions, announces an optical transport network (OTN) test solution for 40 and 100 gigabit OTU3/4 rates. Ixia’s “XOTN” solution extends the company’s position as the foremost supplier of test solutions for HSE, as recently reported by Frost & Sullivan. Ixia’s XOTN solution meets the extraordinary performance and protocol scale test needs of evolving dynamic, packet-switched core transport networks, including advanced MPLS and MPLS-TP protocol implementations. In conjunction with the announcement, Ixia will participate in the panel discussion “Packet Optical Transport/Test and Measurements” at the European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC 2011), in Geneva on Wednesday, 21 September at 12:20 p.m.

Ixia’s higher speed test solutions enable service providers and network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) to validate the performance and protocol scalability of higher speed network equipment – for both Ethernet and OTN – at 40G and 100G speeds. Ixia’s XOTN tests carrier-class core routers, switches and multiservice provisioning platforms (MSPPs) that forward client-side traffic to core transport line equipment. This unique OTN solution, in conjunction with Ixia’s IxNetwork™ test application, provides a much-needed large-scale, multi-protocol network emulation that is coupled with sophisticated line-rate traffic generation. The solution addresses service providers’ requirements to validate service level agreement (SLAs) and resiliency over OTN networks, and to certify carrier-class routers with OTN interfaces. XOTN also addresses NEMs’ requirements to validate new router OTN line cards using IP, MPLS and Ethernet traffic, and to validate Ethernet data mapping over OTN transport.

In a separate release:CALABASAS, Calif. -- Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), the leading global provider of converged IP and wireless network test solutions, announces a next-generation version of its award-winning higher speed Ethernet (HSE) test interfaces. Ixia, the leader in HSE testing according to a recent Frost & Sullivan market report, has built upon its Xcellon architecture experience and success to develop the next-generation HSE test interface: Xcellon-Lava™. Xcellon-Lava offers two 40/100 gigabit Ethernet (GE) interfaces in a single-slot configuration, with enhanced capabilities for routing, switching, and application-layer testing. In conjunction with the announcement, Ixia will participate in the panel discussion “Packet Optical Transport/Test and Measurements” at the European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC 2011), in Geneva on Wednesday, September 21 at 12:20 p.m.

HSE use has moved past the basic interoperability stage to incorporation of HSE interfaces into full service core network platforms and application layer devices. Public, small-port-count device and interoperability trials, such as those conducted by the Ethernet Alliance, have proved the viability of the technology. As a result, HSE interfaces are beginning to appear in large numbers – 32 ports and more – in devices such as top-of-rack data center switches.

Ixia’s Xcellon-Lava combines high density with Xcellon’s high-performance architecture. Xcellon-Lava offers up to 24 HSE 100GE test ports or up to 48 40GE QSFP+ ports in a single Ixia 12-slot chassis. Each Xcellon-Lava interface card offers two 40/100 GE dual-speed CFP MSA-compatible ports or up to four 40 GE QSFP+ interfaces. The Xcellon architecture, with Ixia’s IxNetwork™ application, gives the Xcellon-Lava card the exceptional processing power needed for switch, router, and end-user services emulation necessary to test next-generation networking devices. Xcellon-Lava offers excellent price/performance by combining leading-edge component technology with Ixia’s extensive design experience in HSE innovation.

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