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Ixia Integrates ControlTower with Cisco Nexus Switches to Deliver a Scalable, Reliable Visibility Architecture

Posted 07/07/2016

Ixia to Showcase Integration at Cisco Live 2016

CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 7, 2016-- Ixia, a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, announced an enhanced version of ControlTower TM that seamlessly integrates with Cisco’s Nexus 3000 switches to improve reliability and reduce total cost of ownership of network visibility for customers. Ixia will demonstrate this integration at Cisco Live (Booth #3019) in Las Vegas 2016, July 10th – 14th, 2016.

Ixia’s ControlTower solution, a key component of Ixia’s IxVision™ Architecture, is an advanced network visibility resource for centralized, intelligent monitoring that helps organizations achieve end-to-end visibility within their physical, virtual, and software-defined networks (SDN). The distributed architecture provides network administrators access to monitoring and diagnostic tools from any point in the network. ControlTower helps accelerate application delivery and enables effective troubleshooting for enhanced network security, application performance, and SLA fulfillment. It also provides vendor-agnostic centralized integration enabling end-to-end network monitoring and visibility for customers deploying Cisco switches as well as other vendors’ networking infrastructure.

“The integration of Ixia’s advanced network visibility functionality with Cisco’s Nexus 3000 switches will not only simplify management of complex data centers, it will significantly reduce the cost of managing that data center,” said Brent Angus, General Manager - Networking (Asia Pacific) of Dimension Data. “Leveraging Ixia’s application visibility intelligence provides context to optimize the traffic distribution so organizations can make better use of their IT tools and investments.”

Cisco Nexus switches use a common programmatic interface. At Cisco Live 2016, Ixia will demonstrate how Ixia ControlTower enables network administrators to dynamically repartition Cisco switch ports between production switching and visibility enablement. As a result, customers can optimize infrastructure utilization and reduce overall visibility costs. In addition, Ixia will show how network packet brokers, including the recently launched Vision ONE TM, allow administrators to improve scalability and flexibility of network visibility deployments, while providing advanced management and packet processing features that further enhance the flexibility and reliability provided by Cisco production switches.

“Security threats are increasing in volume and potency. Network and security administrators need help inspecting traffic, identifying threats and optimizing infrastructure performance,” said Lawrence M. Walsh, Chief Analyst, The 2112 Group, a channel analyst and consulting firm. “Ixia’s Vision ONE and ControlTower integrated with Cisco’s popular Nexus 3000 switches provides an additional layer of protection that enables partners of Ixia and Cisco to close the security and performance gap without adding additional overhead to infrastructure and management. By deploying Vision ONE and ControlTower alongside Cisco’s Nexus 3000, Ixia partners will deliver greater economies of scale by managing and optimizing traffic flows.”

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"We have expanded the functionality of ControlTower to now provide a single view over both Ixia supplied network packet brokers and Cisco Nexus 3000 switches, acting as an aggregation layer in large network visibility deployments,” said Dennis Cox, Ixia’s Chief Product Officer. “Ixia is the only visibility vendor to provide an integrated solution using our own equipment combined with Cisco Nexus 3000 switches.”

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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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