Ixia has launched two new test platforms for Ethernet-based services.
The company’s Optixia XM2, a portable test platform for Ethernet-based network equipment, supports Ixia’s load modules to enable data, signaling, voice, video and application testing for all layers while maintaining backward compatibility with previous Optixia systems and software.
The 20-pound, 4.5-inch-high chassis supports up to 32 Gigabit Ethernet ports, six 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and four Packet over SONET (POS) ports or four Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) ports.
The XM2, a 2-slot, less-than-3-U-high chassis, can easily fit on a desktop or go portable, compared with the XM12, a 12-slot, 10-U-high chassis.
“Customers are always looking to increase rack space in their labs,” said Nelson Murga, a line manager with Ixia. “This test platform provides Layer 2-7 testing in a compact area with enhanced performance.” He said the company expects about a 20 percent performance increase.
Ixia has also unveiled its XMV16 LAN Services Module, which combines the ability to test router and switch performance (layer 2-3) and triple play subscriber experience (layer 4-7).
Leveraging Ixia’s IP test applications – IxLoad and IxNetwork – the module offers Layer 2-7 network and application testing in a single Optixia XM test system. Components tested include routers, switches, broadband and wireless access devices, Web servers, video servers, secure gateways and firewalls.
Service providers and system vendors can transmit billions of flows while tracking up to one million of them simultaneously with the ability to perform wirespeed data capture, and to measure network and application performance metrics, the company said.
The XMV16 module provides auto-negotiable 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet over copper, as well as Gigabit Ethernet over fiber, and it can generate more than 240,000 HTTP connections per second (nearly 3 million per chassis) with an app layer throughput of 16 gigabits per second for a single load module (192 gigabits per second, per chassis).
“Customers who have had a glimpse of the XMV16 have definitely showed an interest, and pre-orders have already been made,” Murga said.