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High-Performance Application and Security Load Modules

The next generation of our well-received PerfectStorm 10/40GbE platform is available now. PerfectStorm 100GbE is the world’s only native 100GbE testing platform, far ahead of other test solutions, the closest of which offers just 10GbE native interface support. The new platform comes to market at the right time, as equipment sales of 100GbE are ramping in Service Provider and Enteprise Data Center.

PerfectStorm™ is Ixia's latest testing platform that modularly-scales to nearly a terabit of application traffic in a single, integrated system. It generates stateful applications and malicious traffic that simulate millions of real-world end-user environments to test and validate infrastructure, a single device, or an entire system.

PerfectStorm's complex application workloads make it simple to simulate realistic data, video, voice, storage, and network traffic to ensure high-performing and secure data center infrastructure.

Customer Key Benefits

Data Center Operators

  • Test and validate IT systems under controlled real-world scenarios that model your own unique environments
  • Better understand actual performance, system limitations, and real security posture to right size data centers and eliminate incidents in production
  • Provide a unified testing platform across all IT disciplines


  • Improve user experience by testing with real-world use scenarios
  • Ensure high-performing, and more available and secure business applications
  • Validate disaster recovery and business continuity
  • Reduced legal exposure due to data loss by validating security using the industry's most up to date application and threat intelligence

The architectural breakthrough of the PerfectStorm family adopts the technology innovations built around Ixia’s Xcellon-Ultra™ and BreakingPoint® Firestorm™ hardware families, resulting in a revolutionary converged solution with optimal flexibility and performance, to meet the requirements of today’s and future next-generation networks.

A single, integrated system equipped with 12 PerfectStorm blades, allows control of application traffic to nearly a terabit, up to 720 million concurrent connections, and new TCP connections rates of up to 24 Million. The hardware-based acceleration supports massive encryption levels with up to 240Gbps of SSL traffic and 480Gbps of IPsec traffic per system. The system uses inline field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for enhanced accuracy pertaining to latency measurements with a resolution of 10ns.

PerfectStorm Hardware Elements

Generating traffic at 80Gbps per blade and 960Gbps per XGS12 chassis, PerfectStorm load modules are the industry's most scalable for testing converged multi-play services, application delivery, and network security platforms for both wired and wireless networks:

PerfectStorm 100GbE 1-port Load Module

Real-world, high stress testing for 100GbE networks and devices

PerfectStorm 40GbE 2-port Load Module

Real-world, high-stress testing for 40GbE IT infrastructures

PerfectStorm 10GbE 8-port Load Module

Real-world, high-stress testing for 10GbE IT infrastructures

PerfectStorm for IxLoad®

Tests converged multiplay services and application delivery platforms

PerfectStorm Fusion for BreakingPoint

All-in-one security and performance testing platform

XGS12 Rackmount Chassis

12-Slot, 11RU, rackmount Ethernet test chassis

Applications That Leverage PerfectStorm

The PerfectStorm Fusion variant seamlessly unifies the IxLoad and BreakingPoint software applications into a single, more powerful system - one that can validate every element of the data center to ensure the secure delivery of mission-critical applications.

  • Simulates massive-scale and realistic traffic conditions
  • Hardware-based acceleration for SSL and IPsec
  • Multi-user environment leverages the per-port user ownership model for all ports on the test modules installed into the chassis
  • Resource aggregation
  • Native 40GE QSFP+ interfaces
  • Unified applications and security test platform, with support for BreakingPoint and IxLoad software:
    • PerfectStorm Fusion for BreakingPoint: PerfectStorm's Fusion load modules power the BreakingPoint system for an all-in-one security and performance testing platform that allows you to test all network and data center devices and systems using a variety of functionality, including:
    • DPI and Network Security
    • Network Monitoring
    • Carrier-Grade NAT
    • Negative Testing
    • Mobility
  • PerfectStorm for IxLoad: PerfectStorm load modules in conjunction with the IxLoad application are designed to address the testing challenges of application-aware devices and multi-service delivery networks, such as:
    • Application Delivery
    • Voice
    • Video
    • Network Access
    • Storage

The Ixia PerfectStorm is the essential solution to:

  • Evaluate next-generation content-aware security devices
  • Benchmark and validate performance of network infrastructures and network devices
  • Harden 3G/4G/LTE mobile networks
  • Deploy compact cyber ranges and train cyber warriors
  • Optimize virtualized data centers
  • Tune systems and policies
  • Mitigate IT risk
  • Rollout converged multiplay service
  • Evaluate storage infrastructure and devices
  • Assess content-aware devices



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