The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL - Durham, NH) announced that, as a result of the lab’s leadership and innovation in the area of IPv6 interoperability testing, membership in the IPv6 Consortium has increased by 142 percent in the last 12 months.
From February 14 – 18, 2011, the UNH-IOL hosted an IPv6 Interoperability Test Event, which brought together cable and customer premises equipment (CPE) vendors to prepare for the delivery of reliable, uninterrupted Internet service to new and existing customers using IPv6, and enable end-user connectivity by ensuring IPv6 readiness in home networking equipment.
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While IPv6 is the solution for keeping current customers connected and adding new customers to the network as the supply of remaining allocated IPv4 addresses reach exhaustion, it is not widely deployed in broadband networks at this time. During the test event, cable suppliers found solutions to interoperability challenges that may be experienced in the transition thereby cost-effectively speeding broadband deployments.
In the wake of the Number Resource Organization’s (NRO) central IPv4 address pool depletion announcement, the UNH-IOL says it remains focused on helping member companies identify current and future business growth opportunities by developing new IPv6 test plans, enabling members to speed go-to-market time for IPv6 products and devices, and sharing extensive knowledge of IPv6 with the industry.
In January of 2010, the UNH-IOL became accredited as a testing lab for the USGv6 Test Program, allowing organizations planning to sell IPv6 products to the federal government and seeking compliance with the USGv6 Profile to ensure the capabilities of their products match federal acquisition requirements. The UNH-IOL’s accreditation provides a high-level of confidence to member companies that the IPv6 products they test at the UNH-IOL will meet the compliance standards set forth in the USGv6 Profile.
Since the accreditation, all products which have successfully completed IPv6 conformance and interoperability testing at the lab in accordance with the USGv6 Test Program have been added to the growing list of approved USGv6 test devices. The UNH-IOL has also enhanced the USGv6 Test Program by developing testing services for Network Protection Devices (NPD), such as firewalls, intrusion prevention systems and intrusion detection systems. Additionally, the UNH-IOL has expanded the UNH-IOL IPv6 team to support a growing interest in interoperability testing for IPv6 routing.
The UNH-IOL collaborative testing model distributes the cost of performing trusted, independent testing and validation through an annual membership. The fee for participation in the IPv6 Consortium is $25K. More information on becoming a member of the IPv6 Consortium at the UNH-IOL can be found at http://www.iol.unh.edu/services/testing/ipv6/.