Alternatives to IXIA for Traffic Generation

Lithium381

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May 12, 2001
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I'm looking for a less expensive option for traffic generation and wondering if you've had experience. A small appliance would be preferred but even an application that runs on linux would be something I could live with. I've seen BreakingPoint and Ixia, but those are out of my price range by a LONG shot. This will be for just raw packet production for throughput numbers and firewall testing (mostly L3 and L4)
 

drebo

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Feb 24, 2006
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iperf is great for testing raw throughput, but isn't really extendable enough to test things like CPS or max number of flows.

That said, iperf is probably a good starting point. Any typical workstation should be able to handle over 1gbps, probably close to 10gbps. The bigger issue will be getting the 10gbps NICs.
 

bwolmarans

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Spirent has a virtual machine - allows you to create the same kind of traffic that you can on a physical spirent box, obviously traffic rates are different. I've seen close to 10G on it.
 

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