IPv6 Lacking at Interop

Arthur Cole

Demand for IPv6 technology continues to grow at a healthy pace, driven by the need for more network addresses and the desire to remain compatible with governmental organizations scheduled to implement the technology.


Still, based on the smattering of IPv6-compatible systems at Interop this year, it would seem that the manufacturing community isn't quite ready to jump into the market in a big way just yet.


The only new full-scale networking solution we could find was D-Link's latest xStack switch, billed as an end-to-end Layer 3 IPv6 solution. The system is built around the DGS-3600 family of switches that range from 12 to 48 ports and support data streams up to 40 Gbps.


Other IPv6 solutions can be found on more application-specific levels, such as A10 Network's AX series of acceleration switches. The device offers IPv4 and IPv6 compatibility, plus reduced HTTP bandwidth requirements, ASIC-level SSL acceleration and a host of other goodies sufficient enough to garner a Best of Interop award this year.


Of course, during the transition period, it will be necessary to manage mixed IPv4 and v6 environments, which is what ArcSight Inc. is anticipating for its Network Configuration Manager (NCM). The package is designed to foster network transparency through 2D and 3D topologies, centralized configuration storage, automated task processing and a range of other tools.


Other specialized network applications, such as security, are also touting the IPv6 label. McAfee's IntruShield intrusion prevention system (IPS) is said to be IPv6-capable by virtue of its support for 10 GbE networks. But they didn't say how they would implement IPv6 when it's made available.


Aside from D-Link then, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of end-to-end solutions, which is a good position to be in if you're D-Link, but rather limiting for the user community.

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