COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Ixia Communications Inc. has reduced its popular Optixia chassis-based test system to desktop size, offering a two-slot version of the XM system in a 20-pound, 4.5-inch high package. Included in the modules is a new LAN Services Module that's capable of testing seven layers of Ethernet with an aggregate throughput of 16 Mbits/sec.
Optixia debuted in 2001 in the X and XL format, full-sized chassis systems that are still offered for large-scale network test. Last year, the company began shipping a higher density, 12-slot system called XM12, allowing backward compatibility through daisy-chaining the test systems. Nelson Murga, product line manager for Optixia, said that by moving to a smaller module, Ixia was able to make the XM system itself fit into 10U racks.
Customers began requesting stripped down versions of the XM to accommodate load modules that could test traffic at Layers 2 through 7, while fitting on a desktop. The two-slot XM2 can support up to 32 Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to six 10-Gbit Ethernet ports, or up to four Packet Over Sonet or Asynchronous Transfer Mode ports.
Along with the XM2 chassis introduction, Ixia is offering a new module for both XM2 and XM12, called the XMV16 LAN Services Module. This module supports Gigabit Ethernet over fiber and auto-negotiated 10/100/1000-Mbit Ethernet over copper. There are 16 test ports on the module, each independently supporting traffic generation and analysis, routing and bridging protocol emulation, and application traffic generation up to Layer 7. Each module can generate more than 240,000 HTTP connections per second.