Packet Design Adds IPv6 Support

Packet Design has added support for IPv6 to Route Explorer

April 27, 2009

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Packet Design hasadded support for IPv6 - the next-generation version of theInternet Protocol - to Route Explorer, its networkmanagement system that gives enterprises and serviceproviders visibility into routing operations on their IPnetworks. The Internet Engineering Task Force developedIPv6 to replace the existing version, IPv4, which facesaddress-space limitations as Internet usage continues togrow.

With the new IPv6 capability, Route Explorer, which worksby passively "listening" to routing protocol exchanges andcomputing a real-time, network-wide layer-3 topology, willnow be able to monitor and analyze IPv6 networks, as wellas those running IPv4. This information will enablenetwork engineers to quickly identify and resolve problems,perform effective network maintenance, and do accuratechange planning on increasingly complex networks thatincorporate both versions of the protocol.

Route Explorer's IPv6 support is initially available forBGP (Border Gateway Protocol) and IS-IS (IntermediateSystem to Intermediate System), two routing protocols usedwidely by service providers. Support for IPv6 on the OSPF(Open Shortest Path First) routing protocol will be addedlater this year, followed by Cisco's enterprise-orientedEIGRP (Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol) in 2010.

"With the Internet expanding to encompass everything fromphones to appliances, the use of IPv6 and its greatlyexpanded address space will become a necessity," said JeffRaice, Packet Design's executive vice president ofmarketing and business development. "While feworganizations today have moved exclusively to IPv6, manyare beginning to deploy it in parallel with IPv4 as theyprepare their networks to support next-generation standardsand heavier traffic volumes. Companies in the Far East anda growing number of service providers worldwide are takingthe lead in this area, and migration to IPv6 is mandatedfor the U.S. federal government. Since many of theseorganizations use Route Explorer to troubleshoot and plantheir networks, it was critical for us to begin supportingIPv6 before it moves fully into the mainstream.

"Based on the market demand we've seen, IS-IS and BGP aremost important for early adopters of IPv6, who are chieflyservice providers. We will later add support for OSPF andEIGRP, as well as providing specialized variations such as6PE, VPNv6 and 6VPE for providers of VPN [virtual privatenetwork] services."

Packet Design Inc.

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