Ixia Continues Market Leadership in OpenFlow Network Validation

  Ixia Continues Market Leadership in OpenFlow Network Validation

 Service providers now experience the benefits of OpenFlow, including faster
       service delivery and increased return on technology investments

Open Networking Summit 2013

Business Wire

CALABASAS, Calif. -- April 15, 2013

Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) now enables service providers to fully benefit from the
reliability and scale of standards-based software-defined networking
technologies, including OpenFlow. Through earlier releases of OpenFlow,
enterprises have benefited from increased network insight, management and
control. Now, with the new v1.3 protocol, service providers will gain
increased value from the greater scale, reliability and features available.

IxNetwork, the industry’s first off-the-shelf, standards-based OpenFlow test
solution, has an expanded feature set to help service providers harness the
power and control offered with OpenFlow v1.3. With added features such as
support for MPLS and IPv6, Ixia will be the first to publicly demonstrate
OpenFlow v1.3 protocols at the Open Networking Summit (ONS) taking place in
Santa Clara, CA, on April 15-17, at booth No. 301.

Given the promise of delivering services faster and with increasing return on
technology investment, service providers are deploying OpenFlow and realizing
benefits previously available only to enterprises. As with any new networking
architecture, its efficiency needs to be proven, and accordingly, Ixia has
expanded IxNetwork to allow service providers to verify protocol conformance
and fine-tune network designs before deployment.

Product highlights

IxNetwork speeds application delivery across the network by allowing users to
test and validate network infrastructure, capacity and scalability. With Ixia,
both enterprises and service providers can better validate OpenFlow networks
through the following capabilities:

  *Increased control for modifying flow table entries and then generating
    traffic to test the forwarding using IxNetwork’s hardware-based traffic
    generation with new control-plane capability.
  *Switch protocol conformance testing using IxANVL’s OpenFlow test suite,
    which includes approved test cases for Open Networking Foundation
    certification.
  *Performance benchmarking for layer 2 and layer 3 learning capabilities via
    the new IxNetwork OpenFlow Quick Test.
  *Emulation of OpenFlow switches to test the functionality and performance
    of an OpenFlow controller.

Development and implementation of the OpenFlow standard, managed by the Open
Networking Foundation (ONF), has moved quickly, with enterprises already
adopting the v1.0 protocol. Having provided the testing tools for this version
of the OpenFlow standard, Ixia maintains a leadership position in the market
by acting quickly to enhance IxNetwork with the new v1.3 protocol.

Industry commentary

“As the OpenFlow standard continues to develop and expand, it is critical to
have test tools available for development and predeployment testing,” said
Michael Haugh, Senior Market Development Manager, Ixia. “By providing the
industry’s leading OpenFlow test solutions, being an active member of the ONF,
and serving as the chair for the Testing-Interop Working Group, Ixia continues
to contribute significant advances to the industry.”

“Ixia’s advancement of standards-based test solutions for OpenFlow will help
us accelerate development of our partner ecosystem qualification to
demonstrate readiness for and acceptance of enterprise-grade performance,”
said Meena Sankaran, Technical Director at Big Switch Networks.“Big Switch
Networks will be leveraging the Ixia test system in our booth at ONS and is
excited to participate in the demonstration of these new features.”

About Ixia

From the lab to the network to the cloud, Ixia solutions optimize networks and
data centers to accelerate, secure, and scale the delivery of applications and
services. Ixia delivers the industry’s only solution with complete visibility
into critical network, data center, applications, and services. Ixia provides
actionable insight for enterprises, service providers, government agencies,
and equipment manufacturers with solutions that test, assess, and optimize
networks. Ixia solutions use predictive data to accelerate and secure
application and service delivery, giving customers the confidence to know
their business networks are engineered to be understandable, dynamic, and
resilient. For more information, please visit www.ixiacom.com.

Contact:

Ixia Editorial Contact:
Leslie Denson, 512-821-6035
ldenson@ixiacom.com