BreakingPoint is the First to Provide Testing Support for QQ, China's Most Popular Instant Messaging Application

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BreakingPoint provides the most realistic network equipment testing tools with addition of QQ to list of supported applications for testing including AIM®, IRC, Jabber®, Windows® Live Messenger and Yahoo! ® Messenger.

BreakingPoint provides the most realistic network equipment testing tools with addition of QQ to list of supported applications for testing including AIM®, IRC, Jabber®, Windows® Live Messenger and Yahoo! ® Messenger.

Instant Messaging services have become a critical communication tool throughout the world, attracting more than a billion active users to popular services such as AIM®, IRC, Jabber®, Windows® Live Messenger and Yahoo! ® Messenger. Add to this list of IM brand names, QQ IM. Developed by Tencnet Holdings, QQ is the world's third most popular IM platform with an estimated 320 million active users, 160 million of these users in China.

Accelerating Product Development by Enhancing Testing Realism

Dennis Cox, BreakingPoint CTO:

"The popularity of the QQ application is another example of why the ability to test network equipment with a diverse set of global applications is critically important. Looking at QQ simply as another IM application is dangerous since it leverages multi-character sets, unique fonts, adware classification and has large resource usage needs. Unique applications such as QQ cause performance and stability problems for network devices. Now add to those challenges an enormous and rapidly growing global user base and it should be apparent why you must start testing your network equipment with QQ."

Testing with Realistic Application Traffic is Critical for Global Business Communications

Working globally has become a day-to-day reality with more sophisticated networks and communications tools such as instant messaging. Market research firm Radicati Group estimates the worldwide number of IM accounts at 1.06 billion in 2007 and growing to close to 1.7 billion by 2011 , with a majority of IM now being used in business settings. Instant messaging has become a critical business communication tool, with more than half of surveyed companies using IM for business purposes, ranging from real-time customer support to marketing and sales . Unless network devices are tested properly, the traffic generated from this community of IM users leads to a strain on network performance and network security and ultimately towards negative repercussions on business.

Mr. Cox continued:
"Leveraging BreakingPoint's presence in China, we quickly recognized the need to test with popular region-based application protocols such as QQ. We see this need for regional protocols for testing all the time as our users are consistently requesting testing coverage updates for applications or security vulnerabilities. The benefit, of course, is that the testing needs unique to BreakingPoint users in Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, the U.K. or the U.S. eventually become useful features for all of our users."

Network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and service providers developing and deploying network devices use BreakingPoint to test equipment with a mix of real application traffic, live security strikes, and speeds of 10 gigabits per second and faster. BreakingPoint testing tools are updated consistently in order to support the most popular applications, including regional applications such as QQ IM and more than 60 additional application protocols and 3,700 security strikes, providing the most realistic network equipment testing.

About BreakingPoint
BreakingPoint provides the industry's fastest, most accurate, responsive and easy-to-use testing solutions, helping network equipment manufacturers, service providers and enterprises accelerate development of high performance content-aware networks, network devices and other equipment, while reducing R&D, QA and operating costs. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas with offices and customers in Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, United Kingdom, United States and more. For more information, visit http://www.breakingpointsystems.com.

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