As part of its Thought Leadership Series, Ixia is offering four complimentary editions of its Black Books series featuring test methodologies for important next-generation network technologies — including SDN. Ixia’s Black Books provide primers to help IT professionals become familiar with new technologies and understand the key testing strategies around them. Each Black Book covers test methodologies to verify device and system functionality and performance. The complimentary series of Black Books covers the following test methodologies in four key areas:
- Converged data center: testing for converged data center Ethernet, network virtualization overlay technology, Layer 2 multi-path
- SDN/OpenFlow: testing for OpenFlow switch setup, OpenFlow switch forwarding, switch flow failover performance, OpenFlow controller scalability
- Network impairment: impairment testing for Layer 3 QoS mechanisms, drop and delay CCM messages, and Layer 2 MPLS VPN
- Carrier Ethernet: testing for OpenFlow switch setup and function, SLA configuration and performance, provider bridges (802.1ad), and provider backbone bridges (802.1ah)
Each Black Book provides step-by-step instructions using Ixia’s test platform and applications to demonstrate the test methodologies, but the methodologies are universally applicable to any test equipment. The current series is just part of a larger collection of Black Books on a number of network, IP, and wireless test methodologies for areas including application delivery, IPv6 transition technologies, quality-of-service validation, and test automation. The current series of Black Books is available now for free download. Sign up for your downloads here, or check out the full line of Ixia Black Books for valuable insight into evolving technologies.