Hawkeye Solution Components

Deploy Hawkeye Solution   Deploy solutions

  • Deploy Hawkeye web server in central location (NOC, data center, etc.)
  • Strategically-deploy software and hardware endpoints to cost-effectively reach any network location:
    • Customer premises
    • Mobile devices – Wi-Fi or Cellular
    • Remote sites and head offices
    • Network aggregation points (PEs)
    • Core network, MPLS routers     
    • Data centers
    • Virtual machines and servers

Plan and design your active test scenarios

  • Define test topology with node-to-node or mesh with hub and spoke
  • Build large topology test (full mesh) with one click

Hub and Spoke

Select test types among default pre-calibrated tests in Hawkeye library

Hawkeye supports a variety of service level agreement (SLA) and quality of experience (QoE) objectives, that include:Select test types among default pre-calibrated tests in Hawkeye library

  • Bandwidth availability or verification with bit blasting or TCP-based testing
  • Speed test from site to site with advanced configuration on traffic profiling
  • Class of service (COS) implementation validation
  • IP network SLA verification (one-way delay, jitter, loss)
  • Real-time streaming verification
    • Mean opinion score (MOS) for voice
    • Media delivery index (MDI) for video streaming
  • Server response time for transactional applications emulating user profile
  • Unified communications tests (Skype for Business)
  • Access to any HTTP/HTTPS servers using one arm test to any URL
  • Experience downloading web pages
  • Netflix, YouTube, and any Dash/Adaptive streaming test
  • Ping (ICMP, TCP, UDP) and traceroute to any interface on the web
  • QoE for email, torrent, YouTube, Dropbox, etc.

Monitor distributed WI-FI networks from end-user perspective

  • Monitor distributed wi-fi networksConnect XRPi to Wi-Fi in key locations and software agents in smartphones for ad hoc verifications
  • Collect Wi-Fi signal strength information while running Hawkeye tests


WiFi Monitoring

Create target thresholds for different tests

  • Adjust applications, test variables, and thresholds based on trial data to match expectations of the network and its performance
  • Thresholds are the baseline to decide if tests are passing or failing
  • Setting up correct thresholds is essential for understanding the test results and making sure that the right level of information is in the database
  • Default test thresholds are pre-configured in the system

Define your active test schedules

  • Schedule new tests over time to continuously inject instrumented traffic in the network. Verify continuous 24/7 lines or full topology.
  • Define on-demand or scheduled tests. Define time to start your test, interval between tests, tests duration, and time to stop test. Allows running continuous proactive monitoring of tests.

Define your active test schedule

Analyze results

  • Use different result levels and granularity to get quick and efficient results and understanding  Analyze results
  • Ensure every team member can get to the data required with simple Pass/Fail or detailed test reports
  • See results in real time in geographic dashboard
  • Run your test and look at single instance results or group of tests results
  • Quickly identify problematic links

Wi-Fi coverage dashboard

  • Look at specific tests and get understanding of results
  • Run trend reports on historical data and analyze network behaviors
  • Export and send reports via email to share results between teams

Monitor Pass/Fail for trouble spots

  • Activate alarms on critical paths
  • Get notified by email, SNMP traps, customized notifications

Run Reports

  • Reporting engine allows creation of reports and dashboards based on the results stored in the databaseRun reports
  • Schedule daily automatic reports to follow critical networks
  • Receive automatic emails with comprehensive reports


Key Features
  • Central systems management as a virtual appliance to manage hundreds of probes anywhere
  • Active traffic simulation on a schedule using trusted IxChariot Performance Endpoints
  • Delivers full application emulation and service quality metrics including throughput, packet loss, jitter, delay, MOS, and application experience
  • Global dashboards and deep trending to find patterns of network behavior and faults
  • Effective SLA pass/fail with alerts to existing NMS or remediation systems
  • 100% software or turnkey hardware endpoints for easy and fast deployment
  • Includes a cloud option that can be run with the main console, hosted from a single site or data center, and accessed publicly by teams at multiple locations

Proactive network performance monitoring for ongoing application reliability

Problem: The real deal on network diagnostics

Delivering innovative services such as Voice over IP (VoIP), unified communications (e.g. Skype for Business), cloud migration of business services, and streaming video is critical to an organization’s survival in today’s highly competitive environment. But bottlenecks, latency, Wi-Fi issues, and other hard-to-pinpoint network snafus can seriously compromise a company’s network performance and brand reputation. Network managers and operators need a simple, reliable way to verify the performance of their networks and ensure hassle-free application delivery.

Ixia Hawkeye

Solution: Improve application reliability on first delivery and ongoing active monitoring

Hawkeye quickly and effectively validates network performance, isolates problems, and proactively detects issues by running scheduled verification tests on any site using wireline or wireless connections. Using a combination of hardware and software agents called Performance Endpoints, Hawkeye simulates application traffic and sends key performance metrics to a central console for fast action. The agents provide remote site end users perspectives on network performance and empower network managers with proactive ways to detect, diagnose, and fix issues. Measurements range from network quality to user experience and Wi-Fi monitoring, enabling administrators to improve overall network uptime and detect network performance issues before they impact end users. Easy to deploy and simple to use, Hawkeye lets IT get straight to assessing networks and applications.


“Hawkeye is ideal for proactively monitoring application performance at times when the application isn’t active on the network or in situations where IT operations is otherwise unable to capture production traffic for monitoring.”
Shamus McGillicuddy, Senior Analyst, EMA