From the Security Experts

August 27, 2012

Ixia Acquires BreakingPoint Systems

By SIP Trunking Report Contributor

Ixia, a provider of IP network validation and network visibility solutions, recently completed the acquisition of BreakingPoint Systems, a company that deals in network security testing and optimization solutions.

As per the terms of the agreement, Ixia has added the BreakPoint’s network test and visibility products to its portfolio. Dennis Cox, CTO and co-founder of BreakingPoint, will now serve as Ixia’s vice president of security and applications. Moreover, Ixia also plans to launch a new high-port-density BreakingPoint blade as well as the BreakingPoint applications library for IxLoad, and more advancements in 2012 and beyond.

“The proliferation of dynamic and evolving applications along with an increase of advanced malicious attacks has created a dangerous lack of control and visibility into both the performance and security of IT infrastructures,” said Vic Alston, Ixia’s president and chief executive officer. “Enterprises, carriers and government organizations spend billions each year to build up their defense-in-depth strategy and optimize network performance, yet these solutions continue to fail in the face of production network traffic. Through our strategic acquisition of BreakingPoint, Ixia can now provide these organizations with the actionable insight needed to make more informed security investments, harden security postures, improve performance and ensure business continuity.”

Meanwhile, Ixia recently announced that it will demonstrate the most comprehensive test solution for next-generation virtualized data center infrastructures in Ixia booth #413 at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco from August 26-30. Ixia will also demonstrate a proof of concept where Ixia virtual ports (IxVM) are being used to test an OpenStack (cloud OS) environment. Application virtualization in a cloud environment is a compelling solution with economic, flexibility, and capacity benefits for enterprises of all sizes. The shared and distributed nature of cloud computing components, however, makes it extremely difficult to predict requirements and optimize performance.

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Edited by Rachel Ramsey