Validating Virtualized Assets and Environments Product MenuOverview Cloud Computing is creating a new paradigm of user experience with the online applications users employ. Users expect immediate access to a wide range of media-rich applications and services, instantly, from any location. Virtualization makes more efficient and flexible use of data center resources, but in doing so, it also increases the workload and complexity of server architecture and network infrastructure, and puts new and significant demands on both resources. Integrating virtualization within a host and across the servers within a data center is key to creating a functional and adaptable cloud network, and requires careful planning and thorough testing to ensure functionality, performance, security, and reliability of applications and devices. Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is another trend that is driven by multiple service providers around the world. To accelerate the deployment of new network services, reduce capital and operating expenses by leveraging cost effective COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf) hardware, and make more efficient use of network resources, service providers are looking at integrating NFV in their network. NFV is a paradigm shift in networking to move network functions like switching, routing, firewall, BRAS, and many other devices from hardware appliances to running on virtualized x86-based server platforms. Integrating NFV within a network is key to increasing competitiveness in a very dynamic market, where service providers are constantly trying to satisfy their customers’ needs. Just like in the case of server virtualization, a successful NFV deployment requires thorough testing and end-to-end network validation to deliver on the touted advantages. Ixia's IxVM product family is specifically designed to test virtualized assets and environments while leveraging trusted tools that have been used for testing hardware-based network equipment for over a decade. Ixia Virtual Ports provide a software-based version of a traditional Ixia Hardware Port that can be deployed in a virtualized environment. Ixia Virtual Ports support Ixia software applications and can be combined with Ixia Hardware Ports to thoroughly test all aspects of virtualized servers or network devices, and the impact of virtualization on the broader data center performance. Features Test the most critical components of virtual switches, including functionality, conformance to standards, and performance Compare how different hypervisors, virtual appliances, and configurations impact server performance Validate functionality of application-ware devices such as virtual firewalls, ADCs, storage servers, and other application servers Validate CNA throughput and I/O performance Measure intra-server and inter-server virtual machine (VM) traffic exchange performance Validate critical functionality including VLAN, IGMP, policy enforcement, and security Assess how VM mobility impacts application reliability and performance Evaluate performance from different server suppliers Accelerate time to market by conducting functional test early in the development lifecycle Compare performance of different blade servers, hypervisors, virtual switches, and appliances using Ixia's test wizards, industry-leading automation, and performance benchmarking test suites Improve confidence by testing in the context of the intended data center deployment and isolate performance issues: Ixia Virtual Load Modules are deployed as complete virtual appliances to test customized VMs and applications, and specific operating environments Unified data center solution emulates real-world end-to-end data center conditions so you can assess the overall impact of data center virtualization, including how VM scale and mobility affects application performance Multi-level statistics correlate measurements from the virtual infrastructure with measurements from physical and virtual NICs (on both sides of the hypervisors) so you can quickly identify and address sources of errors and performance degradation Maximize return on your test investment using a scalable, unified test platform for complete device and data center characterization Compatible with Ixia Hardware Ports and streams Flexible floating licensing allows Ixia Virtual Load Modules to be dynamically used anywhere in the lab IxNetwork Virtual Edition (VE) IxNetwork is designed to test network infrastructure, capacity, scalability, and convergence using scaled protocol emulation. IxNetwork VE provides a flexible deployment of Ixia traffic generator and protocol emulation to perform wide-scale functional testing of L2-3 devices. Using Ixia Virtual Load Modules, IxNetwork Virtual Edition offers the unique ability to benchmark the performance of virtualized servers by simulating data center traffic between VMs, for data center/cloud computing environments. Also, IxNetwork Virtual Edition enables the ability to deploy virtual test ports inside virtualized network devices, for end-to-end testing of NFV implementations. IxLoad Virtual Edition (VE) IxLoad performs L4-7 application testing for a wide variety of virtualized application architectures. Using Ixia Virtual Load Modules, IxLoad VE allows complete functional and performance testing of virtualized servers and 10GE converged network adapters (CNAs) for data center/cloud computing environments. Also, IxLoad Virtual Edition enables the ability to test virtual firewalls, virtual deep packet inspection (DPI) devices, virtual load balancers, or other virtualized network devices, for functional and performance testing of NFV implementations. Specifications Feature Description Virtual Ports per Ixia Virtual Load Module 32 (depends on host system) Users per Ixia Virtual Load Module 1 Ixia Virtual Load Modules per vChassis 32 Virtual Ports per vChassis 128 Line Speed 10 Gbps (depends on host system) Transmit Engine Capabilities Packet Generation with Timestamps, Sequence Numbers, and Packet Group Signatures Streams per Port 256 Transmit Flows per Port (sequential values) Billions Transmit Flows per Port (random values) 128,000 User Defined Fields (UDF) Counter, Nested Counter, Value List, Range List, Random, Table Data Pattern Increment Byte, Increment Word, Decrement Byte, Decrement Word, Repeat, Random, Custom Pattern Frame Size Fixed, Increment, Decrement, Random (Uniform Distribution, Weight Paris, IMIX), Auto Error Generation Invalid IP / TCP / UDP checksums Receive Engine Capabilities Packet Filtering, Capturing, Real-Time Latency, Latency Bin and Sequence Checking for each Packet Group Receive Flows per Port (trackable) 4,096 User Defined Statistics (UDS) Destination MAC, Source MAC, Frame Size, Custom Pattern Flow Control N / A Latency Measurements Based on NTP Virtual Chassis OS Windows 7 Professional (32-bit and 64-bit)Windows 8.1 Enterprise (64-bit) Host OS / Hypervisor IxNetwork VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 KVM over RHEL / CentOS 7.0 KVM over Ubuntu 14.04 LTS XEN over RHEL / CentOS 5.6 IxLoad VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 KVM over RHEL / CentOS 7.0 KVM over Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Guest OS / Ixia Virtual Load Module Based on CentOS 6.3 / 32-bit / Linux 2.6.32 enhanced kernel Based on CentOS 6.3 / 64-bit / Linux 3.10.0 enhanced kernel Distribution / Packaging VMware: SH (automatic deployment) OVA (manual deployment) RPM (manual deployment) KVM: SH (automatic deployment) QCOW2 (manual deployment) RPM (manual deployment) XEN: SH (automatic deployment) SH (manual deployment) RPM (manual deployment) Product Segment Protocols IxNetwork VE Virtual Edition Interfaces MAC, VLAN, IPv4 (ARP, PING), IPv6 (NDP, SLAAC, PING) Authentication N / A Broadband / Access DHCPv4 / DHCPv6 (Client, Relay Agent and Server), PPPoE / L2TP (Client and Server), IGMP / MLD (Host and Querier) Carrier Ethernet CFM, E-LMI, Link OAM, PBB / PBB-TE, TWAMP, Y.1731 Data Center / SDN LLDP / DCBX, FIP / FCoE, FCF, VXLAN, TRILL, SPBM, FabricPath, OpenFlow, Segment Routing ISIS MPLS LDP / LDPv6 / MLDP, RSVP-TE P2P / RSVP-TE P2MP MPLS / VPN L3 MPLS VPN / 6VPE, LDP L2VPN (PWE / VPLS), BGP L2VPN (VPLS), EVPN / PBB-EVPN, mVPN (Draft Rosen), mVPN (NG) Routing / Bridging BFD, BGPv4 / BGPv6, EIGRPv4 / EIGRPv6, ISISv4 / ISISv6, OSPF / OSPFv3, PIMv4 / PIMv6, RIP / RIPng, xSTP Application Traffic Hundreds of AppLibrary flows inside IxNetwork-AppLibrary IxLoad VE Virtual Edition Interfaces MAC, VLAN, IPv4 (ARP, PING), IPv6 (NDP, PING) Broadband / Access DHCPv4 / DHCPv6 (Client, Relay Agent and Server), PPPoE (Client and Server) Data DNS, FTP, HTTP, SSL, LDAP, RADIUS, TFTP, IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Stateless Peer Encryption IPsec Security IxLoad-Attack (PVM / DDoS) Storage CIFS, iSCSI, NFS, SMB, Storage I/O Video DASH, Flash, HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) / HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), IPTV (VoD / MS IPTV), Silverlight Voice VoIP SIP, VoLTE Application Traffic Hundreds of AppLibrary flows inside IxLoad-AppLibrary  The number of virtual NICs depends on the host system configuration and specification.  The generated traffic throughput depends on the host system and on the provisioning.  Traffic is not supported. Resources White Paper Application Performance Testing - Enabling scalable delivery of layer 4-7 services Discusses the requirements for testing of a complete mix of voice, video, data and infrastructure testing. Specific application-specific testing approaches are discussed. Best Practices in Deploying Converged Data CentersThis white paper discuss the issues and pitfalls in deploying a converged data center, and what pre-deployment testing practices can prevent loss of time and money. Testing the Cloud - Definitions, Requirements, and Solutions This white paper discusses the familiar challenges and new aspects inherent in testing cloud-based services and applications. Test Plan IxChariot Virtualization Performance Test Plan Mail Gateway Testing Server Load Balancing (SLB) Testing Switch Testing Brochure Ixia Solutions BrochureOverview of Ixia's verification and visibility solutions used to design, verify, and monitor a broad range of wired, Wi-Fi, and 3G/LTE equipment and networks. Data Sheet IxVM Solution Brief Virtualized Testing Ordering Ixia Virtual Ports provide high performance (in terms of control plane scalability and data plane throughout), having the capability to test the performance of many physical or virtual network devices. The performance can be further increased by stacking multiple license units on the same port. One license unit entitles the user to emulate a comprehensive set of protocols from a control plane point of view, and to generate 1 Gbps of traffic from a data plane point of view. Each license includes all the capabilities required to run end-to-end functional virtual tests, and multiple units of the same license can be used to increase the performance and scalability to the required levels. 939-9510 IxVM, IxNetwork Tier-0 FLOATING Subscription license. Includes the IPv4 / IPv6 protocols on IxVM for a duration of 1-Year. Supports 1Gig throughput per unit. 939-9501 IxVM, IxNetwork Tier-1 FLOATING Subscription license. Includes all IxNetwork protocols supported on IxVM for a duration of 1-Year. Supports 1Gig throughput per unit and low scale control plane. 939-9502 IxVM, IxNetwork Tier-2 FLOATING Subscription license. Includes all IxNetwork protocols supported on IxVM, all IxNetwork QuickTests, all Test Automation (Macro Recorder, Test Composer licenses) features and IxReporter for a duration of 1-Year. Supports 1Gig throughput per unit and medium scale control plane. 939-9503 IxVM, IxNetwork Tier-3 FLOATING Subscription license. Includes all IxNetwork protocols supported on IxVM, all IxNetwork QuickTests, all Test Automation (Macro Recorder, Test Composer licenses) features, IxReporter, IxNetwork-FT and AppLibrary for a duration of 1-Year. Supports 1Gig throughput per unit and high scale control plane. 939-9511 IxVM, IxLoad Tier-1 FLOATING Subscription license. Includes the following IxLoad protocols supported on IxVM for a duration of 1-Year: Data (HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, TFTP, DNS, LDAP, RADIUS), Mail (IMAP, POP3, SMTP). Supports 1Gig throughput per unit. 939-9512 IxVM, IxLoad Tier-2 FLOATING Subscription license. Includes the following IxLoad protocols supported on IxVM for a duration of 1-Year: Data (HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, TFTP, DNS, LDAP, RADIUS), Mail (IMAP, POP3, SMTP), Storage (SMB, NFS, iSCSI, Storage I/O). Supports 1Gig throughput per unit. 939-9513 IxVM, IxLoad Tier-3 FLOATING Subscription license. Includes the following IxLoad protocols supported on IxVM for a duration of 1-Year: Data (HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, TFTP, DNS, LDAP, RADIUS), Mail (IMAP, POP3, SMTP), Storage (SMB, NFS, iSCSI, Storage I/O), Voice (VoIP SIP, VoLTE), Video (DASH, Flash, HDS, HLS, IPTV VoD, MS IPTV, Silverlight), IPsec, IxLoad-Attack and IxLoad-AppLibrary. Supports 1Gig throughput per unit.