Ixia Fortifies Offering In The Data Center Test Market With Storage Solutions

Ixia solutions cover converged networks, SANa, and virtualized data centers

October 13, 2009

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Calabasas, CA, October 13, 2009 - Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), a leading, global provider of IP performance test systems, today unveiled a new set of test solutions for data center testing. Ixia's test solutions allow equipment manufacturers, data center operators and storage vendors to assess the functionality and performance of their Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE), Data Center Ethernet (DCE), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and Storage Area Network (SAN) devices.

Ixia and Emulex have cooperated in the development of test methodologies for Converged Network Adapter (CNA) testing. CNAs are a key component of the combined Ethernet/Fibre Channel infrastructure. Used in virtualized servers, CNAs provide transparent access to Ethernet and storage network services.

"Ixia's toolbox for device and system performance characterization in both the traditional and virtualized data center environments, allows users to optimize their data center configurations," said Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of business development, Emulex Corporation. "Using Ixia's IxChariot, we were able to fully characterize our OneConnect??? Universal CNA (UCNA) functionality. Our collaboration on the Black Book for CNAs provides ready-to-deploy test methodologies."

Next-generation data centers are rapidly adopting new techniques, such as server virtualization and network convergence to lower capital expenditure and operational costs. Data intensive applications and demands for permanent online storage have led to an explosion of network-available disk storage and related SAN devices.

To meet these rapidly growing needs, Ixia utilizes hardware and software components which apply and measure test traffic. Ixia's data center test solutions address:
CEE/DCE/FCoE -The convergence of Local Area Network (LAN) and SAN traffic requires a multi-level testing approach, from the physical layer through FCoE protocols to lossless Ethernet. Ixia provides testing solutions for CEE/DCE, as well as FCoE.
SANs - The explosion of storage capacity delivered over converged networks requires that large-scale emulation be applied to SAN components: CNAs, FCoE initiators/targets, and SAN switches/arrays. IxSAN??? tests performance and interoperability, without the need for costly large disk and tape farms.
Virtualization - Ixias IxVM enables infrastructure performance benchmarking in virtualized data centers. IxVM leverages Ixia's industry proven technology to generate test traffic from within the server infrastructure, determining a data center's virtual infrastructure performance."Ixia is strongly committed to supporting the next-generation data center with its adoption of virtualized architectures," said Atul Bhatnagar, President and CEO of Ixia. "Working with our customers in developing test solutions for leading-edge technologies is an important part of that commitment."

A CNA test methodology guide is now available on Ixia's Blackbook web site.

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About Ixia
Ixia is a leading provider of converged IP performance test systems and service verification platforms for wireless and wired infrastructures and services. Ixia's test systems are used by network and telephony equipment manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, service providers, governments and enterprises to validate the performance and reliability of complex networks, devices and applications. Ixia's multiplay test systems address the growing need to test voice, video and data services and network capability under real-world conditions.

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