Agilent Technologies test solution chosen for IPv6 interoperability event

Dec. 8, 2005
Dec. 8, 2005 - N2X multi-services test solution enabled vendors to quickly rectify problems and achieve a successful IPv6 demonstration.

Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced that its test solution was chosen for the latest phase of the IPv6 interoperability event, Moonv6.

The Agilent N2X multi-services test solution, a solution for validating performance and scalability in next-generation network equipment for triple-play services, enabled vendors at the event to quickly rectify problems and achieve a successful IPv6 demonstration.

The multi-vendor interoperability test was conducted by the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) and University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL), with the goal of identifying the maturity of systems that support IPv6. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will use the results to determine a baseline set of standards to which vendors must adhere in anticipation of the U.S. government-mandated IPv6 cutover beginning in 2008.

The assessment environment consisted of network equipment, application software and test instruments from more than 15 leading vendors. The test bed was configured with mixed IPv4/IPv6 configurations, including native IPv6, dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 operation and IPv4 over IPv6 tunnels. The Agilent N2X, along with its companion Network Tester product, provided comprehensive IPv6 test coverage spanning IPv6 transport to end-to-end application services.

"Agilent's contribution was unique in verifying the IPv6 readiness of industry participants at this event," says Ben Schultz, University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory, IPv6 managing engineer and Moonv6 technical lead. "Effective tools and test methodologies are essential to the deployment of IPv6. Each critical technology issue that is discovered in the laboratory is a significant cost savings to the network operators."

Agilent worked with the JITC to help major equipment vendors certify their routing equipment and IPv6-capable cameras for use in the U.S. DOD networks. Agilent unveiled its latest N2X N5701A IPv6 conformance suites with an extensive test coverage of transition mechanism RFCs (standards) and specialized test cases for IPv6 encryption and authentication mechanisms such as ESP and keyed MD5 exchange. IPv6 tunneling scenarios were verified using the N2X E7882A IPv4 and E7885A IPv6 emulation software's latest support for 6PE and VPNv6. Agilent also validated the security and application performance of IPv6 networks using the N2X companion product N4190A Network Tester. Agilent's latest application-mix test methodology, modeled from current service provider network statistics, was used to validate filtering and forwarding of applications, such as Web browsing (HTTP), file transfer (FTP), mail (SMTP, POP3) and voice over IPv6 (SIP, H.323) in conjunction with security mechanisms and IPSecv6 encryption.

"During our joint Moonv6 tests, Agilent's Network Tester gave me the ability to effectively analyze and measure the behavior of CheckPoint's FW-1 firewall," says Eran Nafusi, team lead for the FW-1 Quality Assurance team. "I found Agilent's Network Tester to be highly scalable and easy to configure and run. The output graphs allowed me to demonstrate the IPv6 real-time inspection capabilities of CheckPoint's FW-1 firewall, while forwarding real-world application traffic."

The ability to validate mixed IPv4 and IPv6 environments, as well as real-time end-to-end application traffic, allows network equipment manufacturers and service providers to validate a complete IPv6 deployment faster and more economically. Features include:

* High routing protocol scalability for BGP4+, OSPFv3, IS-ISv6, RIPng, and simultaneous generation of IPv4, IPv6 and tunnelled IPv6/IPv4 traffic, providing realistic IPv6 implementation performance characterization.
* IPv6 conformance test coverage, including security suites, validating IPv6 based encryption and authentication mechanisms.
* Powerful and easy-to-use GUI combining all IPv6 routing performance testing into a single control and analysis point, delivering faster time-to-insight.
* Ability to emulate real-world mixes of application traffic (using the N2X companion Network Tester solution), validating the security and application performance of IPv6 deployments.

"Only by characterizing both the IPv6 network infrastructure as well as end-to-end application services with a realistic mix of application traffic can IPv6 networks be truly characterized for their readiness," says Dave Bass, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Data Networking Division. "The Agilent N2X and companion products have been key tools for many leading developers of IPv6 equipment, and this interoperability trial demonstrates the N2X's continued breadth of multi-services test capability."

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