Government: Data Center
Where Security and Performance Converge
Today's trends toward consolidating data centers, converging systems and a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) mandate an even more strategic approach to designing, deploying and securing IT initiatives. At the same time, ever-rising security threats and user expectations warrant unprecedented insight into the ability of prospective data center architectures to meet or exceed goals for reliability, response times, security and scalability.How vulnerable is data in the private or public cloud?How many virtual desktops can run on one server?How will geographically dispersed storage systems scale and perform across the WAN?
Agency IT professionals and solutions providers must thoroughly assess the impact of local and wide area network performance, configuration and conditions on application performance both pre-deployment and as infrastructures evolve. In particular, virtualization,40/100 Gigabit Ethernet rollouts, IPv6 and the bridging of local and storage area networks (LANs and SANs) can vastly impact availability, security and ultimate customer satisfaction.
Ixia: The "Gold Standard" for Evolving Test ChallengesIxia enables lab-based emulation and testing of traditional and virtualized systems and services amidst demanding traffic volumes and diverse network conditions. Agencies can preview and benchmark performance across global Wide Area Networks (WANs), through virtualized clouds and when confronted by advanced cyber security threats and other unexpected challenges.
Replicating full-scale deployments and challenging conditions arms government agencies to optimize and safeguard client/server deployments across multiple hops. By simulating cloud-based services and loading systems with Internet and server-to-server traffic, Ixia's IxVM virtual test platform further equips data center architects and operations teams to evaluate, secure and optimize virtualization and cloud-based services.
The leading test solution partner of networking infrastructure manufacturers and service providers worldwide, Ixia's end-to-end test solutions furnish the breadth and depth required to assess data center efficiency and virtualized systems from the ground up:
- Proof of concept
- Assessing next-generation switches and routers
- Benchmarking performance of blade servers, hypervisors, virtual switches
- Verifying cloud-based services
- Optimizing mutliplay service performance
- Assessing investments in virtualization, bandwidth, WAN optimization
- Verifying service provider SLA compliance
- Proactively isolating potential problem hotspots
- Implementing converged network adapters(CNAs)
- Generating security attacks to help optimize firewalls, load balancing, etc.
- Bridging FC/FCoE systems
Ixia offers lifecycle test solutions from network design & vendor selection through optimizing quality during global rollouts to assessing readiness for whatever's coming next. Browse our world-renowned testing solutions or consult with our Professional Services Experts on how best to mitigate irreparable risk and outpace global change and competition.
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By removing the traditional silos between servers, storage, and network infrastructures, virtualization makes end-to-end testing within the context of an enterprise's own network ecosystem paramount. Extending Ixia's industry-leading density and portfolio of test applications to the cloud and to newly virtualized data centers optimizes migration and performance and speeds time-to-benefit.
Ixia's "IxVM" solution tests virtualized environments using an innovative "virtual chassis" configuration, a software-based implementation of testing platforms allowing virtual machines (VMs) to act as test ports. Providing purely virtual traffic generation and assessment, or in conjunction with traditional test systems, IxVM informs management of traffic loads, quality policies and data center accessibility:
- Application performance testing including a full range of voice, video, and data traffic generation amidst a wide variety of virtualized application architectures
- Assessment of varying network conditions within the cloud and virtualized data centers
- Simulation of cloud-based attacks to identify and minimize security risks
- Testing of critical components of virtual switches, including functionality, conformance to standards, and performance
With the adoption of Converged Network Architectures, optimizing data center operations requires overall system performance evaluation to validate servers' ability to handle diverse traffic and predictable surges. Converged network adapters (CNAs) play a vital role in the converged data center, delivering I/Os from numerous virtual machines to and from servers.
Ixia solutions equip operations managers to cost-effectively generate and forward varying traffic profiles to assess the impact of network conditions such as latency on CNAs, servers and applications. Ixia's wide range of pre-configured test suites and emulation of large-scale networks and complex traffic topologies helps quantify CNA throughput and I/O performance.