Monday, October 11, 2010

Ixia Scales IP Testing to Terabit Levels

Ixia introduced its "Xcellon" next-generation architecture for scaling IP traffic generation and testing to the terabit level. This class of testing is aimed at carriers, enterprises and equipment manufacturers who are building networks with complex traffic patterns from millions of mobile and fixed subscribers. Requirements includes stress testing and traffic emulation on the highest performance routers, switches, web application servers, application-aware firewalls, application delivery controllers, and security platforms.

Ixia's Xcellon leverages multi-core CPUs, hardware encryption coprocessors and a unique memory sharing design to deliver up to 12 times the per-port packet testing performance of the nearest competitor, while offering full layer 2-7 core network testing. It simulates 4 times the connections per second rate currently available. A fully loaded system is capable of transmitting over 1.2 Tbps of line-rate data. In addition, Ixia said its new Xcellon uses 30% less power than previous generations of 10 GE test ports.

The product launch includes:

Xcellon-Flex load module -- offering 16 10 GE ports per card with multi-core processors and substantial memory. The module has the unique ability to aggregate the processing power of four ports onto a single port to match the capacity of high-scale networking devices. Aggregation of all 16 ports on a card provides the unprecedented levels of network emulation and traffic generation.

Xcellon-Ultra -- featuring extreme capacity and security acceleration for 10 GE application performance testing. It and can generate up to 80 Gbps of line-rate stateful traffic and 40 Gbps of IPsec encrypted traffic, which is sufficient for emulating up to 24 million concurrent Internet video streams. An Xcellon-Ultra XT80 model provides an unprecedented 3 million connections per second to address the testing requirements of the largest application-aware DPI and network security devices. An Xcellon-Ultra XTS40 model provides 4,000 tunnels per second and 40 Gbps of IPsec encrypted traffic to test the highest performing security gateways.