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Agilent Launches IP Test Software

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced new test solutions for IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6), including the industry’s first system for testing the performance of “tunneled” IPv6 traffic. The new IPv6 testing solutions allow equipment manufacturers and service providers to verify the performance and interoperability of next-generation IPv6 equipment and services, as well as their compatibility with earlier-generation equipment, helping to speed the transition to the new industry standard.

Agilent Broadband Series Test System, RouterTester and QA Robot currently allow customers to capture and analyze IPv6 traffic. The new software now allows users, for the first time, to test “tunneled” IPv6 traffic. Tunneling is an essential transitional technique used to carry both IPv4 packet streams within IPv6 networks and IPv6 traffic in IPv4 networks. The new solution supports performance testing of both variations. Because tunneling requires additional encapsulation and address translation, which introduce additional potential latency, tunneling testing is a key part in assessing overall network performance. The IPv6 solution enables users to generate IPv6 packet traffic and test equipment performance in real-time. Users can create correctly and incorrectly formatted IPv6 packets, generate multiple streams of prioritized traffic, and test the forwarding performance of each stream.

http://www.agilent.com/comms/iptest
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