Ixia Selected to Verify Performance and Scale of Large Data Center Technologies
David Avery
September 30, 2014

Ixia announced that its higher speed Ethernet test solutions were recently used to test and verify the performance of the Cisco Nexus® 7718 high density and high scale networking switch.

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Tags: Data Center Performance, Network Performance
Quick Review of OpenDayLight Helium Release.
Toshal Dudhwala
September 30, 2014

OpenDayLight project has just released version 2 of their open source controller. This release is called Helium. This release comes just 6-months after the very first release, Hydrogen.

Helium introduces lots of improvements in clustering, high-availability, and security, on top of more SB APIs and more tight integration with OpenStack orchestration.

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Tags: Data Center Performance, Network Performance, SDN Openflow Solution
ATI Year to Date Recap
Steve McGregory
September 30, 2014

The Ixia Application and Threat Intelligence (ATI) team is constantly working to keep Ixia customers informed of the latest events in network and information security. We provide updates to our customers with at least a bi-weekly frequency. Whenever a special event comes up, like Heartbleed or Shellshock, we turn-around with a special ATI for our customers. This responsiveness is important, as it gives our customers the ability to test and validate the hot-off-the-press updates from security vendors.

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Tags: Network Security, Network Security Testing, Product R&D, Pre-Deployment Testing, R&D Testing
Amendment to Ixia ATI Update 3.3.223518
Steve McGregory
September 25, 2014

We have rebuilt Ixia ATI Update 3.3.223518 and added a Strike to cover CVE-2014-6271.  This is the new Bourne Again Shell vulnerability, branded Shellshock.  The current Strike covers exploitation via HTTP CGI, we have provided variations that use different headers.  Most PoC’s in the field rely solely on the User-Agent header, this Strike will utilize User-Agent, Accept, Accept-Language, Cache-Control, and Connection header fields.

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Tags: Network Security, Network Security Testing, Product R&D, Pre-Deployment Testing, R&D Testing
NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) is Here, Are We Ready to Address the Deployment challenges?
Kirit Bhamre
September 25, 2014

Recently, I attended an NFV/Data center event hosted by LightReading in Santa Clara, CA. The primary focus of this event was NFV (Network Functions Virtualization). The discussion topics included: Service Providers point of view on NFV, what progress have made so far, what are the key deployment challenges that lie ahead, and a panel discussion around HW/SW requirements for various deployment approaches and migrations. The event was attended by service provider and network equipment manufacturer executives and professionals.

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Tags: Data Center Performance, Cloud Infrastructure Testing, Network Performance, SDN Openflow Solution, Network Security, Network Security Testing