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New IP Agency Gets New Member in Ixia, Along With New Test Options

By Steve Anderson June 03, 2016

The New IP Agency (NIA) has been working hard providing information and analysis options to its membership and beyond, with the end goal of bringing out new virtualized Internet protocol (IP) networks. Recently the NIA added a new member to its roster in Ixia, and along with this new member got access to a slate of new network testing, security and visibility options to offer up.

Ixia is now the exclusive provider of network test options for the membership, particularly in regard to interoperability testing for the NIA's Phase 3 operations and live demonstrations. Service chaining also gets a boost from Ixia's solution set, which takes a set of individual network services and connects them all, through the network, to provide support for one application. Such services can include firewalls, session border controllers, service monitoring and more.

With Ixia's lineup—including the IxNetwork and IxLoad systems—the NIA already managed to complete its Phase 1 evaluations of both network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVi) and virtualized network functions (VNF) back in 2015. The Phase 2 evaluations of VNF management also got a boost from Ixia's offerings, and so it's not much surprise that, going into Phase 3, the NIA is once again turning to Ixia.

The Phase 3 testing, at last report, will turn to virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE) as well as service chains and a software-defined network (SDN). The end result is set to be a complete live demonstration to take place at an upcoming industry event. With IxLoad to test the overall quality of experience seen in such operations, and IxNetwork offering network infrastructure testing, it should be fairly simple to show the results of such systems on the overall network and potentially find any trouble spots that crop up in the meantime.

With NFV and SDN rapidly taking places of prominence in businesses, it's not surprising that further testing is needed to ensure that these systems are running at their collective peak. The NIA's activities on this front should ultimately help make for better NFV and SDN operations, which makes the ones currently in place more useful and improves the likelihood that others will turn to use them more often. Being considered as reliable as they are useful certainly will help on this front, especially given that SDN and NFV alike are still comparatively new technologies. Frequent testing by independent third-parties should bolster their reputation and make them more valuable.

The NIA's work should go a long way toward pushing the value of SDN and NFV. Testing material like Ixia's, meanwhile, will make this work possible and help drive these technologies forward. 

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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