Sunday, 17 December 2017

Ixia updates OpenFlow testing solution

Ixia
Tuesday 16 April 13

Ixia 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…

Ixia 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 realising 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." 


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