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Ixia Launches Unique Testing Solution for Virtualized Data Centers and Their Infrastructure
Ixia, the leading global provider of converged IP and wireless network test solutions, will unveil IxLoad-VM -- a unique solution for testing virtualized data centers and their infrastructures. IxLoad-VM measures the quality and capacity of cloud data center components, applications, and networks to deliver effective cloud-based services. At VMWorld 2011, Las Vegas from August 29 to September 1 at booth #1347, Ixia will use IxLoad-VM and other Ixia products to demonstrate the testing of a fully virtualized data center with virtual security elements, virtual router/switch nodes, and actual web infrastructure.

Application virtualization 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 optimize performance. In order to measure the true capacity and quality of virtualized applications and infrastructures, a new and unique testing approach is required.

The IxLoad-VM solution assesses application performance across the virtualized data center in conjunction with IxNetwork-VM, which assesses layer 2/3 network performance in virtual environments. IxLoad-VM uses "virtual test ports," which are virtualized software implementations of its award-winning Ethernet test equipment. Ixia's virtual test ports measure true quality of experience (QoE) and capacity using real-world application and storage area network (SAN) traffic from virtualized hosts. Traffic generation and measurement from virtual machines (VMs) correctly characterizes each application and virtual data center component. An additional test solution, IxLoad-VDI, determines the true capacity of virtual desktop servers by emulating large numbers of virtual desktop clients.

The combination of Ixia's virtualized test solutions provide the essential tools to ensure that cloud service will perform with high availability and security, allowing enterprises and cloud providers to independently validate service level agreements (SLAs). Ixia's virtual tools isolate portions of the virtual data center to pinpoint security flaws, performance bottlenecks, and operational issues.

Key Facts:

  • IxLoad-VM and its companion product, IxNetwork-VM, are an economic, yet powerful, means of testing networking and processing components during development. Their low-cost, full-layer 2-7 test capabilities make them the perfect product for every development and quality assurance engineer.
  • IxLoad-VM's virtual test ports operate from within the virtual machines on virtualized hosts, providing capacity and quality measurements of:
    • Virtual switch performance
    • Virtualized services as accessed from the same or different hosts
    • Cloud data center network performance
    • SAN performance, including converged network adapters (CNAs), fibre channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and storage arrays
  • Virtual Desktop infrastructures are tested with IxLoad-VDI, which works with customized scripts to emulate real-world user behavior. Large communities invoking scripts are used to quickly determine realistic virtual desktop server capacity.
  • IxLoad-I/O is a virtual test port option that generates large-scale I/O traffic from within a VM in order to test the performance of CNAs, converged Ethernet/fibre channel networks and storage area networks (SANs).
Published Thursday, August 25, 2011 6:01 AM by David Marshall
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