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Ixia Ships First End-to-End Private and Hybrid Cloud Visibility Solution

Ixia, a leading provider of application performance and security resilience solutions, today shipped new software features for its Net Tool Optimizer (NTO) visibility platform. The new NTO software enables seamless, single-pane-of-glass visibility into hybrid cloud deployments, allowing a unified view of the entire network. With this update, customers will reduce the risk of security gaps and application issues from blind spots in their virtual or physical network.

“Virtualization and cloud environments are key trends affecting the visibility market,” said Christian Renaud, senior analyst for networking, 451 Research. “Server virtualization within the data center has fundamentally changed the network topology. In doing so, it has impaired the ability for network operations teams looking at network traffic at scale to identify performance and security issues, and needs to be addressed in the development of new network visibility architectures.”

The new major capabilities delivered in this release include:

  • Unified visibility for virtual and physical networks under a single management interface
  • Intelligent routing of application traffic
  • Double the available interconnects with existing hardware
  • High speed visibility with the 4x40Gbps Advanced Feature Module (AFM) hardware

Enabling visibility without borders - Insight into Hybrid Cloud Deployments

Ixia’s intuitive graphical user interface, patented dynamic filtering technology and first-to-market virtual tap have combined to create unmatched visibility into hybrid cloud deployments. Ixia’s NTO now controls a consolidated data flow from physical and virtual networks that can be then shared with existing security and application performance tools. This extends their life through the virtualization migration, leveraging existing infrastructure and reducing transition risk.

Enabling visibility at 30,000 feet – Intelligent routing of Application Traffic

Dealing with IP addresses and TCP/UDP ports are a thing of the past. Now with intelligent routing of application traffic, users can gain visibility by selecting consumer applications (such as Facebook, Netflix and YouTube), enterprise applications (such as, Oracle and SAP) and user location. Clear, continuous visibility into application context is a pre-requisite for tuning performance and tightening security posture.

Enabling visibility Intelligence – Mega-scale multi-site deployments

With this NTO update, Ixia has also enabled its patented ‘double-your-ports’ function traditionally available on its xStream product line. This technology allows users to double the interconnects available on their visibility platform, enabling them to achieve a significant improvement in return on investment while minimizing rack space consumption.

Enabling visibility at scale – High Speed AFM Hardware

Ixia is also announcing the availability of a new advanced 160Gbps feature module, with 4x40Gbps interfaces. This module supports all existing packet grooming features such as de-duplication, slicing, stripping and tunnel termination. In addition, a new PTP (precision time-stamping) module enables nanosecond-resolution timestamping in the NTO 7300 chassis.

Published Tuesday, June 30, 2015 9:37 AM by David Marshall
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