Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Ixia validates virtualised data centre infrastructure, cloud technologies

Ixia
Thursday 23 August 12

Ixia, the leading global provider of converged IP and wireless network test solutions, today announced that it will demonstrate the most comprehensive test solution for next-generation virtualised data centre infrastructures in Ixia booth #413 at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco from 26-30 August. Ixia will also demonstrate a proof of concept where Ixia virtual ports (IxVM) are being used to test an OpenStack (Cloud OS) environment. Application virtualisation in a cloud environment is a compelling solution with economic, flexibility and capacity benefits for enterprises of all sizes…

Ixia, the leading global provider of converged IP and wireless network test solutions, today announced that it will demonstrate the most comprehensive test solution for next-generation virtualised data centre infrastructures in Ixia booth #413 at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco from 26-30 August. Ixia will also demonstrate a proof of concept where Ixia virtual ports (IxVM) are being used to test an OpenStack (Cloud OS) environment.

Application virtualisation in a cloud environment is a compelling solution with economic, flexibility and capacity benefits for enterprises of all sizes. The shared and distributed nature of cloud computing components, however, makes it extremely difficult to predict requirements and optimise performance. A new, more specialised testing approach is required in order to measure the true capacity and quality of virtualised applications and infrastructures.

Ixia’s IxNetwork and IxANVL solutions will test two important areas of network virtualisation:
• Validating the virtualised infrastructure – the complexity of the infrastructure inherent in next-gen virtualised networks requires comprehensive testing in order to guarantee adequate robustness. Ixia’s demonstration will show:
o IxNetwork validating the performance of data centre infrastructure switching tiers using the new cloud infrastructure Quick Test. This Quick Test provides unique traffic profiles and the ability to create North-South and East-West traffic patterns;
o IxNetwork testing new layer 2 multi-path (L2MP) protocols needed to replace spanning-tree, including TRILL and SPBM; and
o IxNetwork and IxANVL testing OpenFlow for functionality, performance and conformance.
• Enabling testing in the cloud – OpenStack and other cloud operating systems are enabling multi-tenancy data centres by providing a management layer on top of various hypervisors (virtualised servers). These cloud operating systems can be used to deploy VMs and provision the required networking connectivity:
o IxNetwork with IxVM (virtual Ixia ports running on a VM) Ixia will test performance VM to VM, through the vSwitch and out to physical network resources. This provides the unique ability to test IaaS and PaaS to determine performance prior to going live;
o Cloud providers can test multi-tenant virtualised infrastructures from layer 2/3, including vSwitches, through the application layer to ensure they can meet SLAs for enterprise customers once deployed; and
o Enabling Testing-as-a-Service for customers through the customer portal to test services upon spin up, before going live.

Ixia’s unique virtualised test solutions provide the essential tools to ensure that cloud service will perform with high availability and necessary security. Ixia’s IxVM allows enterprises and cloud providers to independently validate:
• Service level agreements (SLAs);
• Layer 2/3 infrastructure (components of the virtual switch, including functionality, conformance to standards and performance); and
• Layer 4-7 functionality (VM migration, NAS/SAN/DCBx system capacity and performance and cloud infrastructure security).

Ixia’s virtual tools isolate portions of the virtual data centre to pinpoint security flaws, performance bottlenecks and operational issues.

Key Facts:
• By 2015, 35 percent of Global 2000 companies will generate revenue through cloud-enabled subscription-based services and revenue models, according to Gartner’s April 2011 report: Building a Strategy for a Subscription Economy.
• IDC forecasts that OpenFlow and the SDN market will increase to $168 million market by 2013 and by 2016 it will be worth $2 billion.

Supporting Quotes:
• “Determining the performance characteristics of physical, virtualised and soft application delivery and security products requires comprehensive testing using large-scale emulation of realistic user communities and high-capacity loads,” said Michael Haugh, senior market development manager at Ixia. “Ixia’s virtualisation solutions provide the complex types and volumes of traffic that are required to test and demonstrate the performance and resilience of our next-generation virtualised data centres.”

Resources:
• http://www.ixiacom.com/products/network_test/applications/ixnetwork/index.php
• http://www.ixiacom.com/products/network_test/applications/ixvm/index.php
• http://blogs.ixiacom.com/ixia-blog/openflow-%E2%80%93-common-thread-among-competing-switches-and-routers


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