Things are much different than they were 10 years ago. In today's world, Internet applications and network systems are growing increasingly complex. There are many more protocols, languages, features and capabilities than ever before, but not only this, the amount of traffic and data being pushed across the networks have increased tremendously.
As such, detecting vulnerabilities or network weaknesses can take much longer than in the past. More importantly, hackers or malicious software are utilizing a wider variety of methods that can cripple or even compromise a business's integrity. In the past, such attacks have been utilized to bring down even the largest corporate applications and servers.
Beyond network attacks, other common problems in the IP and networking world, are server delays, server overload, application slow down, and traffic spikes.
No one is immune to these kind of network issues, but there are powerful solutions already hitting the market that can test and eliminate most network problems much earlier than previous technologies.
Any company specializing in the protection and security of network infrastructures knows that proper testing and network emulation is one of the best ways a business can prevent network outages and application failures. Almost all network issues can be prevented with the appropriate testing, know-how and equipment.
In this article we will be reviewing the two competing network testing companies, Ixia and Spirent and their respective products.
Ixia specializes in Converged IP Performance Testing with clients in over 30 countries including Network and Communication Corporations, Electronics Manufacturers, Governments, and Enterprises.
Spirent Communications is a British Telecommunications company dealing in communications and network testing.
We got our hands on a number of products from Ixia and Spirent, namely the IxChariot, IxLoad, Ix Test Conductor, and Spirent Avalanche.
IxChariot is known as the world's foremost testing tool for simulating real-world applications to predict equipment and network performance under conditions that closely mimic the real world.