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Ixia Selected to Verify Performance and Scale of Large Data Center Technologies

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Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) announced that its higher speed Ethernet test solutions were recently used to test and verify the performance of the Cisco Nexus(R) 7718 high density and high scale networking switch. Using Ixia’s Xcellon-Multis(R) solution at the company’s iSimCity large-scale proof-of-concept lab, independent test lab Miercom validated the switch’s full scalability of up to 19.2 terabytes of stateful networking traffic across 192 100GbE ports.

The transition to 100GbE networking technologies is a necessary component of today’s global service provider and large enterprise data centers, and the need for high speed Ethernet technologies that can scale and maintain performance against rapidly increasing bandwidth demands is critical. Ixia helps satisfy these extreme testing needs with the industry’s highest density 10, 40 and 100GbE higher speed Ethernet testing solutions, including the Xcellon-Multis, which can be used to validate the scale and complexity of networks while delivering space, power and cooling efficiencies.

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By using Ixia’s network test solutions and iSimCity lab to test the Cisco Nexus 7718 switch at its full load and line rate, Miercom substantiated the scalability and performance by:

  • Showcasing its ability to deliver over 38 Tb/s of bidirectional throughput by forwarding at line rate on all 192 of the switches 100GbE ports.
  • Confirming that the Cisco switch can distribute real-world IPv4 and IPv6 multicast traffic at wire speed with each of its 191 receiver ports.
  • Processing real-world MPLS traffic at line rate on all ports with no loss and low latency.

Industry Commentary

“Ixia had the scale, capacity and expertise to work with Cisco engineers to test the Nexus 7718, the largest 100G switch in the datacenter,” said Rajeev Bhardwaj, VP, product management, Cisco.

“Testing 192 ports at 100GE is challenging. We turned to Ixia with its Xcellon-Multis high performance high density functionality to handle the capacity. It was critical to have the reliability and the density that we needed. It was a clear project multiplier to be able to count on test equipment from a reliable partner,” said Robert Smithers, CEO, Miercom.

About Ixia

Ixia develops amazing products so its customers can connect the world. Ixia helps its customers provide an always-on user experience through fast, secure delivery of dynamic, connected technologies and services. Through actionable insights that accelerate and secure application and service delivery, Ixia’s customers benefit from faster time to market, optimized application performance and higher-quality deployments. Learn more at

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