Software giant Microsoft Corp. in Renton, Wash. has selected Ixia as its official test company for Wi-Fi networking devices.
The Calabasas company, which makes network testing equipment, will work on qualifying companies that buy Microsoft’s Lync, a Wi-Fi system that provides Internet access, instant messaging, voice and video. Ixia will work directly with Microsoft clients to make sure the system works with their technology.
Over a two-week time frame, Ixia will create real-world conditions by emulating a full range of traffic conditions on the Wi-Fi network. When testing is complete, Ixia will deliver a report to Microsoft and the client detailing the system’s security and reliability. From this report, Microsoft will determine whether the technology is qualified for use with the Lync platform.
“With tablets and smartphones embedded in our everyday lives, Wi-Fi access to collaboration tools has become an integral part of today’s enterprises,” B.J. Haberkorn, director of Lync Product Marketing at Microsoft, said in a statement. “Collaborating with Ixia to provide comprehensive, real-world Wi-Fi testing ensures that the power of Lync can be securely and reliably delivered to our customers.”
Ixia announced the Microsoft deal on Wednesday. Shares of Ixia closed Friday at $21.79, up 28 cents or 1 percent on the Nasdaq.