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Vendors test IPv6 on Moonv6

A new round of tests on the Moonv6 network has pushed IPv6 testing into new territory by venturing into voice, wire...


November 15, 2004  


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A new round of tests on the Moonv6 network has pushed IPv6 testing into new territory by venturing into voice, wireless, firewalls and a host of advanced network and application-layer tests, the North American IPv6 Task Force (NAv6TF) and the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) have announced.

Moonv6 represents the most aggressive multi-vendor test and demonstration of products being developed for the next-generation Internet protocol, IPv6.

The latest round of testing began at the UNH-IOL on Oct. 30 and wrapped up at the U.S. Defense Department’s Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) in Fort Huachuca, Ariz. on Nov. 12.

Test areas included interoperability in pure IPv6 as well as mixed v6 and IPv4 networks, IEEE 802.11 wireless LANs, voice over IP (VoIP), firewalls and IPsec (IP Security), dual-stack routing, Internet protocols such as DHCP, DNS and various applications and transition mechanisms.

Moonv6 is a global project led by the North American IPv6 Task Force that includes industry leaders, the UNH-IOL, Internet2 and U.S. governmental agencies.

The latest round of testing involved multiple service providers and networking companies, including Agilent Technologies, Cisco Systems, Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, Nortel and Microsoft.

The focus of the testing was to move IPv6 technology forward through a new round of advanced deployment and functionality scenarios. The November event combined test plans from multiple network operators, the UNH-IOL, the JITC and participant equipment vendors.