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It’s always interesting to watch a company transform itself. Once upon a time, Google was just a search engine company. Now, it touches nearly all aspects of connectivity and communications, from traditional internet to mobile devices. And there are many ways that companies change, whether through internal innovations, acquisitions or a combination of both.

One business that has seen a fairly significant amount of change over the last two years is Ixia. Not that long ago, Ixia was known mainly as a provider of high-end testing equipment, which was used by hardware manufacturers, carriers and service providers to ensure that their product and service development would stand-up to real world usage scenarios. According to Scott Register, Senior Director, Product Management Network Visibility Solutions at Ixia, “The original Ixia gear was test gear and was really focused on equipment manufacturers and early stage development testing.”

Fast forward to today and Ixia has become much more of an end-to-end network solution provider whose products can be used in all stages of a product or service lifecycle. And much (though not all) of this change has come about through acquisitions.

A little over a year ago, Ixia acquired network visibility and monitoring vendor Anue, making it possible to extend their presence into network and cloud visibility analytics, adding real-world analysis to their portfolio.  Then, they acquired security testing vendor BreakingPoint, adding their security testing capabilities to Ixia’s performance and load testing product line.

And just recently Ixia has announced their plans to acquire network monitoring and visibility vendor Net Optics, bringing into the Ixia fold the high-end network TAPs and real-time visibility and analytics solutions that Net Optics provides. Combined with the earlier acquisitions, this move appears to clearly show a progression towards moving from a pure testing vendor to more of an end-to-end network and application performance and visibility solutions provider.

Also, while many of Ixia’s older product line was focused primarily on equipment manufacturers and carriers, the emerging Ixia looks to be more of a player across markets. Ixia’s VP of Network Visibility Solutions Marketing Roark Pollock said, “It’s a very clear progression that Ixia has made in going from that early stage lab just 18 months ago to now covering all of the stages of a product and all of the use cases including manufacturer, service provider and enterprise.”

As with all mergers and acquisitions, time will show how this deal affects customers and the overall testing and network visibility market.

To find out more, read and download additional research reports from Aberdeen’s Network Monitoring and Performance Testing page.

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