Build SDNFV confidence during testing

The effectiveness of virtualized infrastructure and network function can be difficult to evaluate. Ensuring that your virtualization deployment operates as expected requires complete traffic testing. Ixia offers end-to-end test suites to validate virtualized infrastructure and services to accelerate time to market. With versatility, scale, and realism, you can test before you deploy and replay captured traffic from production afterwards.

The key to a successful virtual deployment is having test capabilities integrated into the continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI-CD) test pipeline. Tests simulating millions of subscribers using hundreds of applications need to be virtualized, configured, and executed across virtual environments including private, hybrid, and public cloud infrastructures—with tight integration into orchestration environments like OpenStack.

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Test Virtual Services in Development and Quality Assurance

Whether software-only or hardware-assisted test solutions, Ixia enables testing of your virtual services with many flexible test options. For developers, the combination of Ixia Developer or the software-based Virtual Edition versions of the Ixia test portfolio enable early functional testing and debugging without interfering with quality assurance (QA) systems. Then when ready to put under heavy realistic traffic load, the QA team has the needed hardware to fully stress test the virtual services.

Ixia Developer is a software test tool that makes it easy for DevOps to create realistic traffic environments in the lab with real applications and sophisticated troubleshooting capabilities. Issues can be uncovered and resolved early in development and much faster than with traditional tools.

Many virtual network functions in the core network run at high traffic speeds—from 1GE to 100GE. Ixia offers a range of test environment accelerators to assist in load testing.  These include Novus™, PerfectStorm™, and CloudStorm™, supporting line rate Layer 2 to 7 traffic generation at the highest speeds.

Ixia offers a range of software-only based test solutions that integrate and support OpenStack-based provisioned networks.  These include IxNetwork® Virtual Edition (VE), IxLoad® VE, and BreakingPoint® VE to test with realistic traffic loads, and the widest range of cyber attack loads—all seamlessly integrated into your CI-CD test pipeline.

NFV Rollout

The path to successful SDN rollout


A key component of the NFV architecture, NFVI describes the compute, network, and storage underlay that replaces dedicated network appliances with software running on COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf) servers. With this virtualized infrastructure, everything known and proven now becomes unknown and unproven again.

Ixia Virtual Test Solutions act as VNFs and are located inside the virtualized environment itself. This enables new test methodologies and better isolation of various NFV subcomponents. Since virtualized environments are very dynamic, with VMs deployed almost instantaneously, you can quickly deploy test endpoints throughout your live network. This enables you to validate a test scenario in the lab and then perform the same test directly in the production network.

  • IxNetwork VE: L2-3 network testing for NFVI and VNF
  • IxLoad VE: L4-7 application performance and service function chaining (SFC) testing
  • BreakingPoint VE: L2-7 security testing with application and attack traffic
  • Ixia Developer: L2-7 development testing with applications and security strikes

Software Defined Networking (SDN) is the most transformational and profound paradigm shift the networking industry faces today. Modern networks must become easier to deploy and manage to respond to rapid-changing business demand. Read more.



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