Thanks to all who were able to join us for the IXIA Developer & Oracle Ravello Smart Lab DemoFriday. The event concluded with a throughly engaging Q&A session , but unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to get to all the questions. Below you can read the full Q&A.
If you haven’t already done so, watch the full presentation here.
Why should I use something other than open source test tools, like Tcpreplay?
Open source tools lack the richness of readily available apps and security attacks, lack the special debugger functionality which is unique to Ixia Developer and lack the level of support provided by a professional test solution. While open source tools are applicable in some cases, when one needs a professional, always up to date, developer-friendly test tool, Ixia’s Developer gets the job done quickly so you can focus on writing code.
Does Ixia Developer need access to my source code to test?
No. Ixia Developer considers your app/code a black box and surrounds it with realistic apps and tens of thousands of always updated strikes, while at the same time giving you the capability of debugging the traffic so you can find bugs faster.
How does the Ixia test performance in the Ravello environment? Looks like you recommend this joint solution for functional testing and not performance testing?
We recommend Ixia Developer as a starting point for developers to find bugs earlier, prior to reaching scenarios where performance testing is required. The combined Ravello/Developer solution has not been benchmarked for performance, but initial data shows that the HDX platform is not introducing a significant performance penalty.
What are the benefits of testing in development as opposed to QA?
It’s a hundred times cheaper to find and fix issues in early development. Also, it’s less risky to do so, the earliest you find key bugs, the earliest one can address so schedules are less impacted.
Can I use my own packet captures to generate traffic?
Yes, Ixia Developer can import your packet captures. Further, Ixia Developer’s unique app engine identifies apps in your packet capture and transforms them into programmable, editable flows.
Can I modify the existing behavior of the emulated apps?
Can I host multiple test sessions from one Developer VNF?
Yes and additionally, multiple users can use the same VNF.
Ixia Developer throughput numbers were very low. Can this tool be used for performance testing or just functional testing?
It can be used for both. The goal of the test was to mimic functional behavior, which is typical in early development stages, but tests can be configured for more performance (objectives included).
I would like to understand the automation offered by Oracle Ravello & Ixia, which wasn’t demonstrated automation in the essence of a CI/CD DevOps scenario. Do they have any pre-integration between them?
While there is no specific additional integration between Developer and Ravello, both platforms offer robust, comprehensive REST APIs which can be used to further integrate with other tools. Ixia Developer has a comprehensive REST API guide. Please subscribe to IxiaTV youtube channel to be notified on an upcoming REST API movie with Ixia Developer.
What is the pricing for IXIA developer?
We have a promotional price available right now on store.ixiacom.com, $1,495USD per year which gives you everything Ixia Developer can do.