Deal Could Strengthen Traffic Tests

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2003-08-25 Print this article Print

Ixia last month acquired a perpetual license for NetIQ's Chariot product line.

Ixia last month acquired a perpetual license for NetIQs Chariot product line. This means Chariot, one of the best software-only traffic load generation and testing tools, will appear in Ixias Real World Traffic Suite.

I have used both products over several years with good results, and many eWEEK reviews have used network traffic loads generated by Chariot to get performance numbers on everything from routers to firewalls. IT managers of large networks have used Chariot to gain important insights into network performance and significant data that can help them make decisions about network growth.

Interestingly enough, NetIQ recently renamed and revamped Vivinet Assessor, formerly Chariot VOIP Assessor (see review at labslinks). Under the terms of the deal, Ixia is getting the voice testing components that were in the older Chariot software, not including the Vivinet developments.

The Chariot components are a good base, and IT managers who are considering adding voice traffic to existing data networks will likely get a good assessment of the network from Chariot products released by Ixia.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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