Industry-Leading Switch Makers Line Up for Opportunity to Prove Switch Interoperability at Tolly Group Event.

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Switch Interoperability 2008 focuses on a broad swath of industry switches and the interoperability provided for common and advanced network services. Leading switch makers will huddle with Tolly Group engineers in two weeks to put nearly two dozen switches through a battery of tests to prove their interoperability with each other, and with switches from Cisco Systems, Inc. Key industry players such as 3Com Corp., Blade Network Technologies, Enterasys, Foundry Networks, Force10, Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM and NEC will converge at Ixia's new iSimCity Executive Briefing Center and Proof of Concept Lab in Santa Clara, Calif. to benchmark Layer 2 and Layer 3 interoperability of their products with other vendor offerings.

Switch Interoperability 2008 offers a level playing ground for vendors to assess interoperability and report on their capabilities to the buying public

Leading switch makers will huddle with Tolly Group engineers in two weeks to put nearly two dozen switches through a battery of tests to prove their interoperability with each other, and with switches from Cisco Systems, Inc.

Key industry players such as 3Com Corp., Blade Network Technologies, Enterasys, Foundry Networks, Force10, Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM and NEC will converge at Ixia's new iSimCity Executive Briefing Center and Proof of Concept Lab in Santa Clara, Calif. to benchmark Layer 2 and Layer 3 interoperability of their products with other vendor offerings.

"These companies are committed to demonstrating openness and interoperability of their products to potential buyers," said Kevin Tolly, president/CEO/founder of The Tolly Group, which is hosting the interoperability event. Openings are still available for vendors to join the interoperability forum.

Switch Interoperability 2008 will allow participating companies to prove to potential buyers, via independent third-party validation, that their switches interoperate with other popular switches, as well as with Cisco switches that may already be installed at customer sites.

"Switch Interoperability 2008 offers a level playing ground for vendors to assess interoperability and report on their capabilities to the buying public," says Kishore Kalidindi, director of Engineering at The Tolly Group. "There is always a spirit of cooperation among the vendors as they are committed to demonstrating interoperability." Kalidindi will lead and manage a team of Tolly Group engineers who will administer the interoperability tests on site.

Last year's event was deemed a success by participants and was attended by leading industry switch makers including 3Com, Alcatel-Lucent, Blade Network Technologies, Enterasys Networks, Foundry Networks, Fujitsu, HP and IBM.

This year, The Tolly Group plans to broaden the study at Ixia's iSimCity to include SMB-class Layer 2 Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet switches and, at the high end, to include enterprise- or service provider-class modular chassis-based switches capable of 10GbE connectivity, advanced Layer 2/Layer 3 functionality including LLDP, next-generation IPv6, MPLS and multicast routing. Additionally, The Tolly Group will test high-end SMB or enterprise-class Layer 2/Layer 3 aggregation/edge/core switches capable of advanced IPv4 routing and multicasting.

Opened in 2008, iSimCity is a state-of-the-art executive center and proof-of-concept lab designed with professional services and infrastructure needed to complete testing and consulting engagements of any size up to city-scale for networking devices.

About The Tolly Group:
The Tolly Group, based in Boca Raton, Fla., is an independent testing and strategic consulting organization, offering a full range of services designed to supply both the IT vendor and end-user communities with authoritative and unbiased information. The Tolly Group is recognized worldwide for their expertise in assessing leading-edge technologies.

For more information, contact David de la Puerta by phone, 561.391.5610 ext. 127; by email, [email protected]; or visit our Web site at http://www.tolly.com.

About Ixia:
Ixia is a leading provider of IP performance test systems and service verification platforms for IP-based infrastructure and services. Ixia's test systems are used by network and telephony equipment manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, service providers, governments, and enterprises to validate the capabilities and reliability of complex IP networks, devices, and applications. Ixia's triple-play test systems address the growing need to test voice, video, and data services and network capability under real-world conditions.

For more information, contact Ixia at 26601 W. Agoura Road, Calabasas, CA 91302; (818) 871-1800, Fax: (818) 871-1805; visit our Web Site at
http://www.ixiacom.com.

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