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F5 Receives IPv6-Ready Gold Logo and USGv6 Certifications
|By Business Wire
|February 11, 2014 07:02 AM EST
F5 Networks, Inc.:
10000 series appliances receive IPv6-Ready Gold Logo certification
from IPv6 Forum industry consortium
BIG-IP 10000 appliance and VIPRION 4300 blade complete NIST USGv6
F5 is the first ADC vendor to pass both IPv6 interoperability testing
announced that it has completed extensive interoperability testing with
Internet Protocol (IP) Version 6. Testing was undertaken by
IPv6Ready.org and by the University of New Hampshire InterOperability
Laboratory to verify that F5’s BIG-IP 10000 series application delivery
controller (ADC) appliances are compatible with IPv6. F5 is the first
vendor to have an ADC appliance complete both rigorous interoperability
IPv6 is foundational to the next-generation Internet, enabling a range
of new services and improved user experiences. With emerging trends in
mobility, Internet-connected sensors, and cloud imposing increasing
demands on the network, every device that uses an IP address must
eventually support IPv6. “The migration to IPv6 is both necessary and
pressing,” said Dr. Mallik Tatipamula, VP of Product Management and
Marketing at F5 and co-author of a foundational 2004 IEEE-published
treatise on IPv6 integration. “The process can experience delay if
organizations fear that moving to IPv6 will degrade the application
services provided by ADCs, such as acceleration, optimization, security,
and availability. F5’s certification work in interoperability helps
reduce uncertainty about the consequences of IPv6 transition for
application delivery services.”
The move from IPv4 to IPv6 is not one that organizations can delay much
further without negative consequences. Gartner research analysts Neil
Rickard and Andrew Lerner recently noted1 that “the number of
IPv6-connected devices is growing, and enterprises that cannot
communicate with them risk financial and reputational damage.” They warn
that “[by] 2015, organizations that have not enabled their public
Internet services to support IPv6 will suffer damage to their reputation
and/or loss of revenue.”
The IPv6 Ready Logo Program from the IPv6Ready.org consortium verifies
protocol implementation and validates the interoperability of IPv6
products. The Phase-2 Gold Logo award indicates that a product has
successfully satisfied the strong requirements of the Phase-2 IPv6 core
test coverage, which consists of approximately 450 tests. F5’s BIG-IP
10000 series appliances running TMOS® 11.3 achieved Gold Logo
For compliance with the USGv6 regimen designed by NIST for achieving US
Government interoperability goals, the F5 BIG-IP 10000 appliance and
VIPRION® 4300 blade running TMOS 11.3 were both tested
against the USGv6 Host and Router profile, a forward-looking set of RFCs
published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). This profile
encompasses basic IPv6 functionality, specific requirements, and key
optional capabilities for routing, security, multicasting, mobility,
network management, and quality of service.
“By obtaining the IPv6 Ready logo, we view F5 as leading and
contributing to the market for delivering fully standardized and
interoperable IPv6 solutions required for the smooth and professional
transition to fully IPv6-enabled networks.”
Dr. Hiroshi Esaki,
Professor, The University of Tokyo and Chairman of IPv6-Ready logo
“As the only major ADC vendor with IPv6 Ready Gold and USGv6
certifications today, F5 has established itself as a leader in the
market for integration in a multi-vendor IPv6 network infrastructure.”
Shin Miyakawa, Executive Director of IPv6, NTT Communications, Japan
of IPv6-Ready Logo vendors and certified equipment
about the NIST’s USGv6 interoperability infrastructure
of USGv6-verified devices as tested by the University of New
Hampshire’s InterOperability Laboratory
paper explaining the role of IPv6 in Application Delivery
1 Gartner, Create the Right IPv6 Road Map for Your
Organization, Neil Rickard and Andrew Lerner, 25 September 2013
provides solutions for an application world. F5 helps organizations
seamlessly scale cloud, data center, and software defined networking
(SDN) deployments to successfully deliver applications to anyone,
anywhere, at any time. F5 solutions broaden the reach of IT through an
open, extensible framework and a rich partner ecosystem of leading
technology and data center orchestration vendors. This approach lets
customers pursue the infrastructure model that best fits their needs
over time. The world’s largest businesses, service providers, government
entities, and consumer brands rely on F5 to stay ahead of cloud,
security, and mobility trends. For more information, go to f5.com.
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