Ixia Announces New Ethernet Test Platform

 
 
By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2006-07-24 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Optixia test platform is based on a series of tiny Linux computers on each port and can deliver up to 144 Gigabit Ethernet ports in a single chassis.

Ixia announced on July 24 that the company has a new, high-density Ethernet test platform designed for large enterprises and carriers.

The Optixia XM platform, coupled with the Optixia XM12 Chassis allow the company to deliver up to 144 Gigabit Ethernet or 36 10Gigabit Ethernet ports in a single chassis.
Unlike its competition, the Ixia test platform, which is used by companies to make sure their networks are performing as they are supposed to perform, is based on a series of tiny Linux computers on each port.
This allows Ixia to create a software-based test platform that users find very adaptable, company officials said. Also unlike its competition, which includes Spirent Communications and Agilent, the Ixia product allows users to move their existing test blades to the new chassis. The Calabasas, Calif., company has been delivering software-based test equipment for several years. "What were seeing is that, increasingly, customers are trying to support real traffic to test their devices," Bruce Miller, Ixias executive director for project management, told eWEEK.
"It makes sense to run real traffic even to test layer 2 or 3 performance. TCP acknowledgements can complicate testing and buffers," he added. "Ten gig is no longer just an uplink technology," Miller said, explaining the need for such large capacity. "So the customers need a lot of 10 gig ports." Click here to read about how Cisco helps service providers move to carrier Ethernet. Miller noted that Ixia is releasing new versions of its applications for the new test platform, including IxLoad (for layer 4 to 7 testing), IxNetwork (for layer 2 and 3 testing) and IxAutomate (to run long tests automatically).

"Their software strategy is the most interesting by having a platform on which they run testing software. Carriers appreciate the flexibility," said Elisabeth Rainge, an analyst at IDC, based Framingham, Mass. Rainge said that IDC recently did a large study on commoditization of network equipment and saw that there was quite a preference for software. "The Ixia platform may align well with what we see as the trend in the target customers," Rainge said. She added that the new design and the change in the market demands are putting Ixia into a growth situation. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
 
 
 
 
Wayne Rash Wayne Rash is a Senior Analyst for eWEEK Labs and runs the magazine's Washington Bureau. Prior to joining eWEEK as a Senior Writer on wireless technology, he was a Senior Contributing Editor and previously a Senior Analyst in the InfoWorld Test Center. He was also a reviewer for Federal Computer Week and Information Security Magazine. Previously, he ran the reviews and events departments at CMP's InternetWeek.

He is a retired naval officer, a former principal at American Management Systems and a long-time columnist for Byte Magazine. He is a regular contributor to Plane & Pilot Magazine and The Washington Post.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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