Ixia Hawkeye Review

A user-friendly tool that makes it easy to deploy real flow through the network

What is our primary use case?

I use it mainly for proof of concept for our customers, for example, to validate the internet service with different applications. The most common application is Netflix throughput and checks on the website.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the deployment because it's very easy to deploy real flow through the network. The deployment and the test are very easy to use. For example, to run a test or to schedule a test is very simple. The throughput test is very useful because I see the maximum bandwidth, the latency, and the packet loss. The graph is also easy to understand.

What needs improvement?

The customization of tests and even the results can be improved. With the results, you can only create a PDF that can't be modified. At the moment, you can only insert specific KPIs and create a PDF.

In the next release, I want a network operation center to measure the logs. I would also like to see more customization and more graphs. I want a comparison tool to compare two tests or two graphs. For example, run two different tests and compare the results, the graphs, see the values, and see what happened.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Ixia Hawkeye for almost one year.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of the solution is great. It's easy to aggregate more and more proofs.

How are customer service and technical support?

On a scale from one to ten, I would give technical support a ten. I have direct contact, and they are fast. 

How was the initial setup?

The setup was difficult the first time I used it, but the second and the third were very easy. The hardest part is to connect the proof to the server. This took an hour and a half.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I've looked at other solutions that handle millions of proofs. While connecting the proof to the server is okay, it's too difficult to manage it all when you want to increase that number.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend Ixia Hawkeye because there are some KPIs that are very useful. You can see how you work, how your network is, and if there is a problem with certain sites. It's a useful tool, and I recommend it.

On a scale from one to ten, I would give it a ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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