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Agilent tester identifies, solves IPv6 implementation problems

Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced a new routing emulation application for its RouterTester 900 tester that it...


October 22, 2003  


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Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced a new routing emulation application for its RouterTester 900 tester that it says can successfully identify and solve IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) implementation issues.

IPv6 is the next-generation protocol defined by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to replace the current version of Internet Protocol, IP version 4 (IPv4).

Most users of the Internet today currently use IPv4. Due to shortages in addressing space and the requirements of emerging mobile services, a next-generation protocol is needed that can create almost limitless address space, ease network configuration and management, as well as provide security and scalability, the company said.

"The gradual migration of IPv4 to IPv6 means that network equipment must support both traffic types and protocols simultaneously — as well as mechanisms to transition seamlessly between the two infrastructures — while also meeting QoS guarantees," it said. "Testing whether a device or network can manage and scale both technologies at once is critical prior to deployment."

By integrating routing emulation for OSPFv3, BGP4+, IS-ISv6 and RIPng with IPv6 traffic generation and analysis, RouterTester 900 users can now simulate large IPv6 and IPv4 networks while simultaneously generating traffic from multiple simulated network devices.

This enables network equipment manufacturers and service providers to verify the stability of their IPv6 devices and networks in a dual stack protocol environment, Agilent said.

“IPv6 interoperability testing is critical for the deployment of IPv6 to provide stable and interoperable implementations”, said Jim Bound, chair, North American IPv6 Task Force.


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