A new class of Gigabit Ethernet test equipment

Up until now, if you needed to do performance and functional testing of Gigabit Ethernet networks, you either had to pay for expensive platforms from one of the two T&M vendors (with features you rarely used), or you could invest time and money making your own.

Now Xena provides a real alternative. We offer a new class of L2-3 Gigabit Ethernet test equipment that delivers breakthrough price performance. (We recently won Frost & Sullivan’s “2011 Global Gigabit Ethernet Test Equipment Price Performance Value Leadership Award”.)

We have reduced the cost and complexity of GigE testing, enabling you to quickly and cost-effectively add large numbers of 1,10, 40 and 100 GigE test ports to your test infrastructure. A Xena test platform is an ideal complement or alternative to existing test equipment solutions, at a price point which makes in-house custom built test solution projects obsolete.

The Xena test platform provides an open environment where L2-3 traffic can be generated and performance analyzed at wire speed. Our user friendly GUI client is provided for test execution and remote management of test equipment located in multiple locations. In addition, a simple and easy to use TCP/IP command line interface allows users to automate testing from any scripting environment.

The Xena Ethernet Test Infrastructure platform provides a suite of test modules with copper and optical interface speeds of 10/100/1000 Mbps, 10 Gbps, 40 Gbps, and 100 Gbps. Two chassis product series are available, the compact and transportable XenaCompact and the scalable high-density XenaBay series.

For IP & Ethernet conformance and functional testing, Xena Networks and Veryx Technologies have worked together to create a test platform that combines Xena’s high performance Ethernet test hardware with Veryx’s broad portfolio of test suites.


Ethernet Layer 2/3 Testers (1/10/40/100 GIG)

The XenaCompact is a series of 1U chassis solutions covering a complete suite of copper and optical 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet, 10-Gigabit Ethernet, 40-Gigabit Ethernet, and 100-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.


XenaBay Modular Chassis Series

The XenaBay is a modular 12-slot chassis solution providing industry-leading density and lowest power consumption per test port. It supports 72 x 1 or 10 Gbps ports, or 12 x 40 Gbps ports, or 6 x 100 Gbps ports in a 4U form factor.

The XenaBay Test Modules are identical to the test modules which are integrated into the XenaCompact series, so the feature set of the XenaBay series is identical to the XenaCompact series, except for the physical form factor and power consumption.


  Features and Benefits
  • Multi-user sharing of chassis resources down to port level
  • Central management of multi-chassis testbed environments
  • Explorer-based and front-panel layout view of testbed configurations
  • Import/export of test case configurations
  • Chassis software and firmware upgrades without needing to interface directly with the equipment
  • Packet editor with support for both protocol and byte-level packet definitions
  • Automatic protocol decoding of incoming packets
  • RFC 2544 test suite with automatic report and chart generation in standard formats
  • Interchangeable operation between GUI and scripting environment

XenaManager GUI and Scripting Software Framework

XenaManager is the free software that you use to generate and analyze traffic on the Xena test equipment. XenaManager supports an unlimited number of end users and multi-user environments. It is provided free of charge with all Xena testers and supports standard IETF RFC test suites and has a complete scripting command language for accessing all Xena tester features.

Every Xena chassis has a dedicated standard 1G Ethernet management port connecting the chassis to an IPv4 network, through which the equipment can be discovered by the XenaManager software. Hardware resources can be reserved down to test port level granularity from multiple simultaneous XenaManager sessions. XenaManager makes it easy for lab managers to perform software and firmware upgrades, eliminating the need to directly interface with the equipment.

All features of the Xena equipment can be enabled and accessed from XenaManager, which provides interfaces for configuring chassis and test port properties, defining advanced traffic streams for traffic generation, specifying filters for incoming traffic, performing real-time capture of packets, and for displaying and analyzing traffic statistics. XenaManager's packet editor function supports both standard protocols and byte-level packet definitions.

1. This video shows you how to download, install, connect and set up a stream in less than 5 minutes.
2. This video shows you some tips and tricks for using the XenaManager GUI.



How does XenaMation makes testing easier?
Testing is repetitive and resource-intensive work that often involves complex multi-vendor, multi-device environments, each with their own testing API. This demands advanced engineering skills and training, specific hardware, software and software licenses, plus the time to run (and re-run) hundreds, or even thousands of tests and scripts — and then document and evaluate the results. Often the tests are engineer- and location-specific, which can make it difficult to share the results with relevant personnel in other locations and time-zones. If you recognize these problems then you'll understand why using XenaMation for web-based network test automation makes life for test engineers easier by:

• Increasing efficiency and test productivity
• Reducing cycle times and time-to-market
• Reducing costs and complexity

Test smarter, not harder.
XenaMation lets test engineers simultaneously manage and control all Devices Under Test (DUT) and Devices Involved in Test (DIT) on XenaBay and XenaCompact. It can incorporate proprietary scripts, protocols and solutions, perform concurrent tests and gather results across multiple devices, and consolidate them onto one platform. Testers can leverage any MS Windows program or script, such as Wireshark, SIPp, hyperterm, .bat, Perl, or any Linux/Unix command or script, like Bash, Expect, TCL, Python, JAVA, DOS, etc., or customize their own. No additional programming skills are required.

Automation streamlines processes
XenaMation's flexible automation features let you maximize productivity, improve reporting, assure consistency of results and product quality, and minimize labor time and costs. These efficiencies help reduce the time to market of revenue generating products. Web-based automation lets you run tests all day, every day, instead of limiting you to normal work hours. This means equipment that typically stands idle overnight, on weekends and on holidays can be fully utilized. This can mean you don't have to purchase more equipment to support test teams during their 8-hour day. XenaMation lets you automate a battery of repetitive tests: functional testing, regression testing, smoke testing, usability testing, QA testing, BETA testing, API testing. You can run virtually any regression, load and performance, installation and configuration tests.

Key Features & Benefits
XenaMation is a web-based automation platform for testiing Gigabit Ethernet networks. Fully integrated with the XenaBay and XenaCompact platforms, XenaMation gives equipment and network test engineers 24/7 access from any Internet-enabled device, enabling them to:

• Run hundreds of test suites from anywhere using a web browser
• Easily share test results across geographically distributed locations
• Consolidate results for consistency, accuracy and reporting

Anywhere, anytime access
XenaMation's web-based GUI suppports IE6, IE7, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome, Netscape, with no client software to install or maintain. This makes it easy to:

• Manage testing progress from anywhere, anytime (incl. via mobile devices e.g. iPhone)
• View current or historical test results – completion summary reports
• Test metrics by test case, user, release#, defect#, date
• Configure alerts – email, SMS, & direct to voicemail


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PDf M6SFP 6-port 1Gbps test module
PDf M6SFP+ Wire-speed 6-port 10G L2-3 test module
PDf XenaIntegrator - Large-scale testing even easier
PDf XenaManager - Free, easy-to-use GUI for Xena testers
PDf Xena RFC 2889 Benchmarking Package
PDf XenaScripting - User-friendly scripting tool for Xena test system automation
PDf Xena Test Platform - Modular Gigabit Ethernet Test Platform
PDf Veryx ATTEST on Xena hardware








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