Ixia offers 10GbE testing architecture for data centers

APRIL 24, 2008 -- Leveraging Ixia's converged testing applications, IxLoad and IxNetwork, Ixia's new 10GbE IxYukon load module is designed to offer high scalability, flexibility, and affordability for testing.

APRIL 24, 2008 -- Ixia (search for Ixia) has introduced a Layer 2-7, 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) IP test offering for high-density next-generation data center infrastructure. Leveraging Ixia's converged testing applications, IxLoad and IxNetwork, Ixia's new 10GbE IxYukon load module is designed to offer high scalability, flexibility, and affordability for testing.

Ixia asserts its new offering provides four times the 10 GbE port density of its nearest competitor. When used with the Ixia XM12 chassis, Ixia also says its approach requires one-quarter of the laboratory space, one-half the power consumption, and lower heat generation. The combination greatly reduces total cost of ownership, the company adds.

In particular, the company touts three areas of savings:


  • Space: Four times the 10GbE port density in the same lab space. With the eight-port IxYukon, ninety-six 10GbE test ports fit in a standard 19-inch rack-mount Ixia XM12 chassis.
  • Energy: One-half the electrical power. The nearest competitor requires at least double the power to operate an equivalent test bed of 96 ports of 10GbE, Ixia claims.
  • Air conditioning: Less air conditioning is required to cool the test equipment.

Arastra, a manufacturer of high-density 10GbE switches, recently selected Ixia's 10GbE IxYukon load modules for their product testing.

"The Ixia 10 GbE IxYukon load module is the only solution that could accurately measure our sub-microsecond latency packet performance while meeting our high port-density requirements," said Anshul Sadana, Arastra's director of Customer Services.

Ixia's IxYukon 10GbE load modules begin shipping at the end of Q2 2008.

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