Press Release

Ixia Delivers End-to-End Visibility for Public Cloud

Posted 04/04/2017

New CloudLens Public, World's First Software-as-a-Service, Network-Level, Cloud-Native Visibility Solution

CALABASAS, Calif.--()--Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA), a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, today announced it has further extended the reach delivered by the CloudLens™ Platform to the public cloud. CloudLens provides Visibility-as-a-Service (VaaS) and is the first to be implemented as a pure Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution. It is designed from the ground up to retain the benefits of the cloud – elastic scale, flexibility, and agility. CloudLens provides intelligent and automated visibility as a service that scales with public cloud infrastructures.

Access to application and network data in cloud environments is critical for security and monitoring tools to ensure the reliability, security, and performance of mission-critical applications. Granular access to cloud traffic is important to avoiding blind spots in a network that can compromise application monitoring, as well as overall security.

Ixia has extended the benefits of the company's CloudLens Platform to enable customers to capture and filter data in the public cloud. Designed as a SaaS platform, it does all the heavy lifting behind the scenes, freeing customers from managing visibility.

CloudLens delivers the following customer benefits:

  • Provides elastic scale: packet visibility scales on demand with source and tool instances
  • Delivers true intelligence: uses metadata tags native to cloud platforms, to provide enhanced filtering and manipulation capability
  • Simple set up and easy to use: leverages a SaaS web-interface to manage cloud visibility allowing access anywhere, and features a drag and drop GUI. CloudLens manages all the visibility needs on the back end, so customers do not have to modify their existing architectures.
  • Eliminates single point of failure: filters packet data at each source instance, so an inline virtual packet broker does not become a single point of failure in the network
  • Reduces errors and the risk of compromise:
    • Visibility is embedded within the instance structure, so it is highly secure, eliminating risk of cross tenant violations
    • Visibility runs from behind SSL offload services, eliminating the need for decryption
  • Reduces bandwidth to tools: packet filtering operations are performed at the source instances, eliminating unwanted traffic to tools and enabling them to operate optimally

"Visibility is key to security, but when workloads transit the public cloud, visibility can be lost," said Jim Duffy, Senior Analyst, 451 Research. "Ixia's CloudLens offers enterprises ‘visibility-as-a-service,' where all of the packet brokering takes place at the source. This could enhance scalability and network agility."

CloudLens will initially be available in support of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Ixia plans to add support for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud in the second half of 2017. CloudLens offers a cloud-native, serverless design that lays the foundation for solving cloud-scale problems and its intelligent, Docker-based architecture is cloud service provider agnostic. The Docker-based sensors run within a customer's source and tool instances, inheriting the security configurations of the instances. In addition, the sensors have access to a wealth of information, and the platform can be programmed to continuously monitor new instances that automatically align for proper monitoring.

Leading security and monitoring solution providers that participated in the Ixia Public CloudLens beta program and performed joint validation include: FireEye, Dynatrace, CA Technologies, LogRhythm, NTOP, AppNeta, ProtectWise, NetFort Technologies and Savvius.

"FireEye is excited to partner with Ixia on its new CloudLens platform to extend our industry-leading visibility and response speed into AWS, Azure, and other public clouds," said Martin Holste, CTO of Cloud, FireEye. "With our focus on simplifying, integrating, and automating security operations for customers with FireEye Helix, having scalable, native visibility into all cloud services, networks, endpoints, and third-party security products, enables us to stay ahead of our customer needs."

"Ixia CloudLens was designed and built for the cloud and as a result, it is inherently elastic and scalable," said Sushil Kumar, Senior Vice President of Product Management and Strategy, Agile Operations, CA Technologies. "CloudLens provides CA's network monitoring solutions the visibility needed to monitor end-to-end response times to track and optimize the end user experience, no matter where an application is deployed."

About the CloudLens Platform
Ixia's CloudLens delivers end-to-end visibility and provides context-aware data processing across private, public, and hybrid cloud environments, making applications stronger by providing a high level of network intelligence so cloud implementations are more secure. CloudLens addresses cloud security needs through an intelligent visibility platform that leverages metadata tags and is built as a cloud-native SaaS with a serverless architecture. The solution elastically scales with cloud instances on demand to improve cloud resilience.

About Ixia
Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) provides testing, visibility, and security solutions, strengthening applications across physical and virtual networks for enterprises, service providers, and network equipment manufacturers. Ixia offers companies trusted environments in which to develop, deploy, and operate. Customers worldwide rely on Ixia to verify their designs, optimize their performance, and ensure protection of their networks to make their applications stronger. Learn more at

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"As organizations have been moving applications to the cloud, it has become more and more difficult to efficiently obtain the packets required for deep analytics on the usage and integrity of those applications. Ixia's new CloudLens offering provides a scalable and flexible way to efficiently collect packets from cloud hosted instances. This solution has been validated to work with ntopng traffic analysis tool."

  • Luca Deri, Founder, NTOP

"Moving enterprise workloads to the cloud can create stumbling blocks for security teams, as they no longer have the network packet visibility needed to be effective. Ixia CloudLens solves this problem by providing full, easy and highly scalable visibility in the public cloud. The joint Ixia and ProtectWise solution provides automated threat detection and unlimited forensic exploration."

  • Ramon Peypoch, Chief Product Officer, ProtectWise

"As a provider of large scale SaaS-based performance management solutions hosted in AWS, AppNeta is very familiar with the challenges associated with obtaining actionable packet-level visibility in the public cloud. We found CloudLens to scale to meet the elastic demands of public cloud customers in a multi-tenant, self-serve model like ours and unlike other solutions we've examined, perform well with minimal overhead. With CloudLens, deploying monitoring solutions in the public cloud occurs in a matter of minutes, not hours or days."

  • Sean Armstrong, Vice President of Products, AppNeta

"Ixia's CloudLens full-packet visibility in AWS enables Dynatrace DC RUM customers to monitor and improve the experience of business-critical applications such as SAP, Citrix and Oracle."

  • Steve Tack, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Dynatrace

"The NetFort LANGuardian software download ensures users can get granular real time visibility of network and user activity on any remote site or data centre in minutes. Now, using Ixia CloudLens, this has been expanded to ensure the Cloud is no longer a blind spot. The combination of Ixia and NetFort ensures organizations always have a unified view of their environment from a single console that provides real visibility, metadata and context for faster detection and response across their virtual, physical and cloud networks."

  • Morgan Doyle, CTO, NetFort

"Extending actionable network forensics into the cloud is both difficult and important. With Ixia CloudLens, Savvius is able to bring cloud capabilities to Omnipeek and Omnipliance in a manner that is scalable, elastic, and reliable."

  • Nadeem Zahid, Senior Director of Business Development at Savvius

"The adoption of public cloud solutions is continuing to grow at a rapid pace. With this comes unique and significant challenges around how organizations ensure the security and integrity of their data and applications. Ixia's CloudLens solution solves the critically important problem of providing access to network traffic within and across cloud environments to enable solutions like LogRhythm's Network Monitor to perform deep packet inspection, rich metadata extraction, analytics and full packet capture around cloud-based workloads. Together, LogRhythm and Ixia CloudLens give our customers the necessary visibility and threat detection capabilities to instill confidence as they migrate to the cloud."

  • Matt Winter, Vice President of Business Development, LogRhythm



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