Ixia enables carrier-grade OpenFlow network validation

Ixia’s new controller validation provides customers with an easy solution to ensure the successful delivery of OpenFlow deployments

Ixia enables carrier-grade OpenFlow network validation

Ixia has announced the expansion of its IxNetwork application portfolio designed to enable service providers and enterprises to test and validate OpenFlow implementations.

The solution validates the scale and performance of OpenFlow controllers by emulating OpenFlow v1.3 switches and is the first to help enterprises and service providers ensure that their networks are carrier grade – enabling faster service delivery.

Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies, like OpenFlow, enable enterprises and service providers to provide a flexible application driven networking solution to their customers. As organisations and service providers in particular, use Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) running in data centres to deliver services virtually, SDN provides a quick and easy ability to program the forwarding plane of the network via a centralised control plane.

Product features

As enterprises and service providers deploy OpenFlow networks at a quickly increasing pace, Ixia said it is expanding the industry’s first off-the-shelf, standards-based OpenFlow test solution to help these customers realise the benefits inherent in these networks.

  • IxNetwork now validates the controller, which must communicate with all the switches in the network and as such, is critical to ensuring reliability of the entire network.
  • With IxNetwork 7.20, customers have the advanced functionality required to deliver an always-connected experience within SDN environments. Until now, network and test engineers have had limited options for scale testing a controller.

IxNetwork 7.20 allows enterprises and service providers to better validate OpenFlow networks through the following capabilities:

  • Emulates thousands of OpenFlow switches in various topologies to stress test their OpenFlow controller without the need of real OpenFlow switches in a customer’s lab
  • Performs realistic functions such as establishing the OF-Channel, supporting statistic replies, LLDP based topology discovery, port status messages and generate packet-ins from these emulated switches.

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