IxNetwork Overview—L2/3 Network Infrastructure Performance Testing

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Problem: Network Complexities Put Performance to the Test

Organizations have long tested their networks for scale and performance. But as networks become increasingly complex, so do the challenges of ensuring peak network performance and resiliency. Forget about simply testing for sluggish response times—the right testing tool must now assess complex network topologies with thousands of network devices, emulate sophisticated traffic flows, and conduct stress tests under countless scenarios and network conditions.


Solution: A reliable test system for complex and unpredictable networks

IxNetwork delivers performance testing under the most challenging conditions. Capable of generating multiple terabytes of data and analyzing up to 4 million traffic flows simultaneously, IxNetwork scales to handle the most powerful devices and the largest networks. With its enhanced real-time analysis and statistics, this powerful solution emulates everything from routing and switching, data center Ethernet and SDN to broadband access and industrial Ethernet for comprehensive testing. And graphical user interface (GUI) wizards make it easier for our customers to meet a wide range of performance requirements with minimal resources.


Key features

• Offers test coverage from 1G to 800G Ethernet

• Provides comprehensive protocol coverage for routing/switching, multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), software-defined networking (SDN), data center networking, carrier Ethernet, broadband access, time synchronization, automotive and industrial Ethernet (AVB/TSN), L2 security (MACsec)

• Generates traffic flows that mimic realistic user applications and scenarios

• Works smoothly in virtualized network environments, and runs from any commercially available compute environment

• Delivers end-to-end test system automation

• Performs rapid isolation of service violations, including thorough traffic-flow analysis



Save capital expenditure in testing—emulate a very large number of routers/switches without using real devices

Reduce test time—use visual topology-based protocol configuration and comprehensive analytics with drill-down and learned information

Identify problems in the lab before deployment in the field—realistically mimic realworld conditions with granular traffic generators and stateful AppLibrary

Understand performance and scaling bottlenecks—rely on unparalleled density, scale, and performance to stress and take down the most powerful networking devices

Ease of deployment and access—available either as a Windows application or a web-based application that is running on Linux


IxNetwork — Web Edition

With the introduction of IxNetwork Web Edition, users now have a choice to use complete Linux deployment of IxNetwork test environment. Lightweight HTML5 based user interface lets user to connect to IxNetwork test session with a web browser from anywhere, anytime and eliminates need of installing PC based large memory footprint client application. IxNetwork web edition empowers users to perform testing manually and seamlessly move to automation using a modern automation framework like REST API.


IxNetwork Web Edition includes the following:

• IxNetwork Web UI (protocol emulation and traffic test)

• QuickTest (RFC benchmarking test suites) and basic traffic test

• API Browser (powerful automation tool)


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