IXIA Hawkeye

Hawkeye Express empowers teams to use active monitoring features in the cloud with a fully flexible software as a service.


Hawkeye Core Capabilities

IXIA Hawkeye Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring

Be the first to know what is happening on your network- understand your users' experience. Using syntetic traffic, proactively know what service providers are delivering and troubleshoot problems quickly.

IXIA Hawkeye Web and Application Monitoring

Web and Application Monitoring

Your users are making video calls, sharing documents and more, using a combination of local and cloud based services. Ensure a good experience by quickly resolving network versus application problems. 

IXIA Hawkeye Wi-Fi Monitoring

Wi-Fi Monitoring

The explosive growth of mobility and trends like BYOD and IoT demand you ensure the best Wi-Fi connectivity is available. Detect outages or bottlenecks before they impact user experience.

IXIA Hawkeye Cloud Monitoring

Cloud Monitoring

Cloud hosted infrastuctures send critical traffic beyond your network to reach SaaS Platforms. Gain visibility into the cloud to proactively detect and troubleshoot cloud access problems.






  • Application Library

  • Path Discovery

  • KPI's Built-IN

  • Real-Time Dashboard


Hawkeye offers a single Web based interface which scales to monitor hundreds of endpoints anywhere in the world. Endpoints sit at remote sites (e.g. branch office or home) and at a data center, headquarters, private or public cloud. They generate synthetic traffic to inject into and receive from the live network, reproducing real users traffic patterns. The synthetic traffic is processed for objective quality metrics and used for insights.

Endpoints are available in both hardware and software formats and are easy to install.

IXIA Hawkeye Distributed Endpoints 


Node-To-Node Tests

In node-to-node tests, one endpoint generates synthetic traffic and sends it to a second endpoint on a live network. An example would be a branch office to the main office. The receiving endpoint (node) is able to relay information about the quality of the connection to the management interface-where results are displayed in real-time live dashboards. Multiple node-to-node tests can setup, considered a mesh, where an endpoint can serve both as the origination point of syntetic traffic as well as a recipient of traffic from other endpoints.

Real Service Tests

In real service tests, an endpoint generates a synthetic traffic and sends it to servers or network equipment - it will process the response it recieves from the network into objective KPI's to the management interface, where again it is displayed real-time.

IXIA Hawkeye-Types of Tests

Hawkeye makes it simple with the largest appkication library in the industry; this allows users to generate many kinds of synthetic traffic to pro-actively monitor their live networks.

With the application library, you can:

  • Ensure the quality of experience (QoE) for your users. Emulate Voice and video traffic, covering services like standard Voice over IP (VoIP), unicied communications (e.g. Skype for business), or other video conferencing.
  • Make sure your userss can access business critical applications such as Office 365, YouTube, Dropbox and more.
  • Qualify and maintain network SLAs with diagnostic tools for IP Transport testing - Assess layer 3 network performance indicators (loss, jutter, delay).
  • Validate network services like DNS and Traceroute by quickly diagnosing with ping and resolving any issues.
  • Qualify the real capacity of your cicuits, Test TCP and UDP traffic throughout over wired or wireless connections. Synthetic traffic can be generated up to line rate.

IXIA Hawkeye Application Library

Get visibility into the network topology from a location with a Hawkeye endpoint to any remote location.

The path discovery feature works by using standard protocols packets being sent to the network to find out about nodes being traversed. That is whey there is no need for specific software or hardware being deployed on the path nor at the remote location.

Discover application-specific paths by the way of configuring the protocol and ports used by an application to discover the route taken by packets to reach the destination.

Path discover leverages the Hawkeye test execution framework to allow historical data collection and perform analysis in real time or with retrospective views.

IXIA Hawkeye Path Discovery

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Built-In

Know how your network performance, web and application experience and Wi-Fi experience is against pre-defined KPI's. There are two steps to determining performance.

Step 1: 

Hawkeye generates synthetic traffic from endpoints and then measures the response from the network, appkication or Wi-Fi. Metrics are assessed based on the type of traffic.

  • Voice/Video/Unified communication: Mean Opinion Score, delay jitter, packet loss
  • IP transport metrics:delay, jutter packet loss, packet loss bursts
  • Bandwidth capacity per class of service, per stream thoughout
  • Availability

Step 2:

Hawkeye then evaluates the measurements against thresholds, to determine the performance of a network, appkication or Wi-Fi.

  • Default thresholds are based on industry or standards (e.g. ITU, IETF).
  • You can customize thresholds based on your organizations' business drivers.
  • Where no industry standards exist, IXIA uses its extensice in the network test space, to creat guidlines for expected performance.
  • Metrics are reported pass-fail based on the thresholds configured.

IXIA Hawkeye KPI's Bulit-In

Hawkeye includes real-time dashboards that showcase KPIs and current performance of your network, application service and Wi-Fi. Dashboard are comprehensice and show everything from endpoint delpoyment on a map, a summary of scheduled tests and ongoing results. With a glance, you know what is going on!

IXIA Hawkeye Real-time Dashboard