Ixia and Fanfare Announce Strategic Partnership to Advance Test Automation and Productivity : Ixia's IP Test Automation Framework and Fanfare's Automated Testing Tools Integrated to Optimize the Quality Lifecycle

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Ixia™ (NASDAQ: XXIA), a leading, global provider of IP performance test systems, and Fanfare, delivering innovative system testing solutions, today announced that they have formed a strategic partnership. The partnership builds on existing integrations between the companies’ products and plans to integrate Ixia’s Test Conductor™ IP test automation framework with Fanfare’s iTest™ test case authoring platform and device configuration capabilities. The endeavor is focused on creating powerful and comprehensive testing solutions for network equipment manufacturers, service providers, and enterprises to ensure quality and reduced time to market for network products and services. The integrated solution is to be showcased at iSimCity™, Ixia’s proof-of-concept lab and executive briefing center in Santa Clara, Calif.

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We're confident that this integration of two highly complementary products will prove to be popular with our mutual customers

Ixia IP Test Automation

Ixia's Test Conductor is a comprehensive, open, highly scalable IP test automation framework that is compatible with third-party test applications and devices, as well as key Ixia test applications such as IxLoad for and IxNetwork that provide full L2-L7 test capability. Its straightforward approach to managing and executing automated scripts makes it possible for the entire quality assurance (QA) team to share test cases, hardware resources and test results.

Fanfare Test Case Authoring and Device Configuration

Fanfare's iTest suite of testing tools is the industries' leading solution for test case authoring and system testing automation. iTest can be used by both experienced and novice test engineers to eliminate manual and repetitive testing tasks, enabling QA organizations to perform faster, more effective and thorough device and system testing. Automation is best achieved when everyone contributes, regardless of their ability to program or script. Fanfare's solutions already support Ixia's IxExplorer. Ixia and Fanfare plan to collaborate on further integrations.

"Fanfare is responding to the feedback of customers and to the increased market demand for this kind of integration," said Tom Ryan, CEO, Fanfare. "Together we will create a versatile automation platform that increases the overall value for our joint customers through collaborative, complementary innovations in our products."

Ixia and Fanfare are aligning to offer a vendor-neutral approach to IP test automation that maximizes the value customers can draw from their investment in test beds in a way that leverages the unique strengths of each product to design the best possible test scenario.

Ixia's partnership with Fanfare and other best-in-class companies offers the industry an automation framework that enables truly unattended lab automation and enables customers to address unique automation challenges that have largely remained unaddressed so far. Ixia's open architecture allows for the support of any test from practically any test vendor. Test Conductor provides a powerful interface for managing, scheduling and analyzing regression results to maximize the use of CAPEX equipment and reduce OPEX expenses.

"We're confident that this integration of two highly complementary products will prove to be popular with our mutual customers," said Atul Bhatnagar, president and CEO, Ixia. "We intend to offer our customers the best of both worlds — continued access to the unique capabilities of the various testing products, along with a simple, yet powerful and flexible Test Conductor automation framework that will help speed QA cycles and reduce time to market."

For more information about Ixia's strategic partnerships for automation, go to Ixia's automation portal at http://www.ixiacom.com/solutions/ip_test_automation/.

About Fanfare

Fanfare provides software solutions that simplify and accelerate device and system testing for high-tech equipment manufacturers and service providers. Developers and testers create and share automated tests that control and analyze results from multiple devices, traffic generators, and applications while automatically documenting each test with pass-fail criteria. With Fanfare solutions, companies can move along the path toward automation while accelerating QA cycles, reducing time to market, and increasing the quality of released products. Industries such as communications, aerospace and defense, consumer electronics, automotive, industrial, and medical devices have benefited from Fanfare products.

For more information, please visit http://www.fanfaresoftware.com.

About Ixia

Ixia is a leading provider of IP service verification platforms and performance test systems 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 performance and reliability of complex IP networks, devices, and applications. Ixia's multiplay 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; Email: info@ixiacom.com or visit our Web Site at http://www.ixiacom.com.

Ixia, Test Conductor and the Ixia four-petal logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Ixia. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

This material is for informational purposes only and subject to change without notice. It describes Ixia's present plans to develop and make available to its customers certain products, features and capabilities. Ixia is only obligated to provide those deliverables specifically included in a written agreement between Ixia and the customer.

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