Ixia used for virtualised server testing by Dell
Dell has selected Ixia as one of its key partners for performance testing on its PowerEdge server line.
Dell’s PowerEdge series includes the large scale blade servers used by service providers and enterprises for virtualised data centres, which require extensive benchmarking and testing.
Dell chose Ixia’s platform because of its ability to match the scale, performance and flexibility necessary to test large rack servers. Ixia’s solutions thoroughly test high capacity virtualised data centre networks and storage infrastructures by addressing key challenges, such as service availability, infrastructure elasticity and provisioning, capacity, end to end application and services delivery, and performance across all layers. As enterprises migrate their data and applications to the cloud, and leverage virtualised server infrastructures, it is essential to measure application performance through all stages; on-premise physical servers, virtual machines and eventually a fully hosted cloud.
Ixia’s Xcellon-Ultra XT can handle the massive number of users serviced by large virtualised servers – numbers such as 24 million HTTP subscribers using up to 80Gbps of traffic throughput. The company’s IxLoad provides multiple 10Gbps interfaces that can emulate millions of subscribers performing real world interactions with Internet and enterprise services. These test solutions emulate a wide variety of Internet, enterprise and storage protocols found in today’s data centres.
The proliferation of cloud computing, as well as the delivery of numerous mission critical enterprise and consumer rich Internet applications services, has increased both the virtual and physical infrastructure complexity and level of interactions among client, server and storage components of data centres.
Proper handling of Ethernet traffic, categorised as north-south traffic between clients and servers or east-west traffic between components of a distributed application, is critical to data centre performance – requiring a variety of testing techniques. Thorough and robust testing is the only way to ensure a network’s evolution to cloud based infrastructure is properly provisioned and provides high quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) to its users.
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