IxNetwork VE

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Testing for success in a virtual world. 

Problem: Virtualization complexities

Trends such as cloud computing and network functions virtualization (NFV) present new challenges for service providers, constantly changing the way you make use of precious data center and network resources. Cloud computing requires thorough testing to ensure the highest levels of functionality, performance, security, and reliability across applications and devices. And the successful deployment and integration of NFV in a network takes thorough testing and end-to-end network validation.

IxNetwork

Solution: Wide-scale network testing

IxNetwork VE makes it easy to perform wide-scale functional testing of Layer 2 and 3 devices. Using scaled protocol emulation, IxNetwork VE tests network infrastructure, capacity, scalability, and convergence to ensure peak performance of data center and cloud computing environments. You can perform wide-scale testing thanks to IxNetwork VE’s flexible deployment of an Ixia traffic generator and protocol emulation, enabling you to achieve seamless infrastructure performance across virtual networks.

The ability to benchmark performance of virtualized servers by simulating data center traffic between virtual machines is unique to IxNetwork VE. By enabling the deployment of virtual test ports inside virtualized network devices, IxNetwork VE supports end-to-end testing of NFV implementations, allowing for more efficient use of network resources.

Specifications

Feature

Virtual Chassis

Virtual Load Module

Maximum # of Virtual Ports

128

32 (depends on host system)

Maximum # of Virtual Load Modules

32

N / A

Maximum # of Users

32

1

Host OS / Hypervisor

  • VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0
  • KVM over RHEL / CentOS 7.0
  • KVM over Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Guest OS

  • Windows 7 Professional (32-bit / 64-bit)
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise (64-bit)
  • CentOS 7 (64-bit)
  • Based on CentOS 6.3 / 64-bit / Linux 3.10 enhanced kernel

Distribution / Packaging

(Linux version)

  • VMware:
    • SH (automatic deployment)
    • OVA (manual deployment)
  • KVM:
    • SH (automatic deployment)
    • QCOW2 (manual deployment)
  • VMware:
    • SH (automatic deployment)
    • OVA (manual deployment)
    • RPM (manual deployment)
  • KVM:
    • SH (automatic deployment)
    • QCOW2 (manual deployment)
    • RPM (manual deployment)

vNIC Connection

VMware

KVM

Virtual Switch

  • 10 Gbps – VMXNET3
  • 10 Gbps – VIRTIO

PCI Pass-Through

  • 1 Gbps – igb
  • 10 Gbps – ixgbe

SR-IOV

  • 1 Gbps – igbvf
  • 10 Gbps – ixgbevf

Traffic

Feature

Description

Transmit Engine

Capabilities

Packet Generation with Timestamps, Sequence Numbers, and Packet Group Signatures

Streams per Port

256

Transmit Flows per Port (sequential values)

Billions

Transmit Flows per Port (random values)

128,000

User Defined Fields (UDF)

Counter, Nested Counter, Value List, Range List, Random, Table

Data Pattern

Increment Byte, Increment Word, Decrement Byte, Decrement Word, Repeat, Random, Custom Pattern

Frame Size

Fixed, Increment, Decrement, Random (Uniform Distribution, Weight Paris, IMIX), Auto

Error Generation

Invalid IP / TCP / UDP checksums

Receive Engine

Capabilities

Packet Filtering, Capturing, Real-Time Latency, Latency Bin and Sequence Checking for each Packet Group

Receive Flows per Port (trackable)

4,096

User Defined Statistics (UDS)

Destination MAC, Source MAC, Frame Size, Custom Pattern

Flow Control

N / A

Latency Measurements

Based on NTP

Product

Segment

Protocols

IxNetwork VE

Virtual Edition

Interfaces

MAC, VLAN, IPv4 (ARP, PING), IPv6 (NDP, SLAAC, PING)

Authentication

N / A

Broadband / Access

ANCP, DHCPv4 / DHCPv6 (Client, Relay Agent, Server), PPPoE / L2TP(Client and Server), IGMP / MLD (Host and Querier)

Carrier Ethernet

CFM, E-LMI, Link OAM, PBB / PBB-TE, TWAMP, Y.1731

Data Center

FabricPath, FIP / FCoE, FCF, LLDP / DCBX, SPBM, TRILL, VXLAN / EVPN VXLAN

MPLS

LDP / LDPv6 / MLDP, RSVP-TE P2P / RSVP-TE P2MP

MPLS / VPN

L3 MPLS VPN / 6VPE, LDP L2VPN (PWE / VPLS), BGP L2VPN (VPLS), EVPN / PBB-EVPN, mVPN (Draft Rosen), mVPN (NG)

Routing / Bridging

BFD, BGPv4 / BGPv6, EIGRPv4 / EIGRPv6, ISISv4 / ISISv6, LACP, OSPFv2 / OSPFv3, PIMv4 / PIMv6, RIP / RIPng, xSTP

SDN

BGP-LS, OpenFlow, PCEP, Segment Routing ISIS, Segment Routing OSPF

Application Traffic

Hundreds of AppLibrary flows inside IxNetwork-AppLibrary

Key features

Tests the most critical components of virtual switches, including functionality, conformance to standards, and performance
Delivers elastic-scale performance
Provides VMware ESX/ESXi and KVM hypervisor support
Features simple OVA deployment model and restful API support
Offered as OpenStack compatible