IxChariot

Instant performance assessment of complex networks from pre- to post-deployment.

PROBLEM: ENSURING NETWORK CHANGES WON’T DISRUPT SERVICE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE

Today's networks are in constant flux. Organizations frequently add new business services to their networks, and network equipment undergoes continual updates and upgrades. Whether existing network devices are capable of supporting a new service is a question often left to chance. To avoid blunders, organizations need to qualify the network, assess performance, and predict the quality of experience (QoE) of newly deployed services. For quality assurance engineers and IT teams, it is critical to have fast and efficient ways to verify and quantify performance before shipping products or rolling out services.

SOLUTION: EFFICIENT SOFTWARE-BASED TESTING TO CHECK DEVICE AND NETWORK READINESS

IxChariot instantly assesses and troubleshoots networks and applications before and after deployment. This powerful assessment tool uses software agents called Performance Endpoints to simulate application traffic and deliver key performance metrics to a central console for easy management. The result is a fully instrumented system for confidently assessing the performance and reliability of networks and applications running on a wide variety of transport interfaces, including wired, wireless, and virtual data centers. Pre-deployment, QA teams or IT teams can run “what-if” scenarios to predict an application’s impact on devices or the network.

 

Server Edition

Desktop Edition

Scalability

Supports up to 100,000 connections (endpoint pairs) representing hundreds of thousands of end-users

Protocols

TCP, UDP, RTP, IPv4, IPv6, IP Multicast, VoIP (G.711, G.723, G.726, G.729)

Voice Simulation

  • VoIP (G.711, G.723, G.726, G.729, AMR)
  • Skype, Skype for Business
  • VoIP (G.711, G.723, G.726, G.729, AMR)

Video simulation

  • Video RTP flows (MPEG2, MPEG4)
  • Adaptive streaming: Netflix, Youtube, Youku, AppleTV, Daily Motion
  • Video RTP flows (MPEG2, MPEG4)

Management

  • Supported on IPv4 and IPv6 networks
  • Handles test failures in error-prone networks, including Wi-Fi for management
  • Supports in-band and out-of-band management and traffic paths
  • IxChariot Anywhere: endpoints communicate to console and automatic detection of NAT/FW
  • Supported on IPv4 and IPv6 networks
  • Handles test failures in error prone networks, including Wi-Fi for management
  • Supports in-band and out-of-band mgmt. and traffic paths

API Support

  • REST API
  • Python
  • TCL
  • C

System Requirements
(Server)

  • OVA deployment: VMware ESXi 5.x or newer, VMWare Player 6.x or newer
  • Minimal VM provisioning: 1GB RAM, 1 VCPU
  • Support for multiple simultaneous tests and user sessions
  • Available on Amazon market place for cloud deployment
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, XP, Windows 7, Windows 2000 Server, 2003 Server, 2008 Server, 2012 Server
  • Minimum hardware: Pentium III, 512MB RAM, 500MB disk space

WIFI metrics

  • RSSI, BSSID, SSID, link speed, Channel ID
 

Performance Endpoints

  • Microsoft Windows: 2008 R2, 2012, 7, 8
  • Linux (x86, x86_64)
  • Several others, look for “Endpoint Library” on Ixia support site

Mobile Device Endpoints

  • Android – on Google Play Store
  • IOS – on Apple Store
  • Search for “endpoint” in appstores

XR2000 and XRPi2  Hardware Endpoint

  • Supported, turnkey hardware endpoints
  • Look on Ixia Website for full specifications

Supported Test Types

  • Throughput TCP and UDP
  • VoIP, video, streaming traffic

Key features

Used by industry leaders and experts, including the Wi-Fi Alliance
Instantly assesses network performance, including wireless performance and geo-location
Performance Endpoints run on mobile, PC, Mac or in any hypervisor or cloud service
Allows for central management of any platform via Performance Endpoints
Delivers full application emulation and key performance metrics, including throughput, packet loss, jitter, delay, MOS, and OTT video like Netflix, YouTube
Trusted tool for both private virtual and public cloud infrastructures