Companies form IPv6 test center

Spirent Federal Systems and v6 Transition are establishing an IPv6 test center in Northern Virginia. It will allow federal agencies to test networks and products for IPv6 capability in preparation for meeting a June 2008 deadline for adopting the technology.

The Office of Management and Budget imposed the deadline for agencies to upgrade from the current IPv4 to IPv6.

When completed, the test center will provide customers with the latest testing equipment and the support of security-cleared engineers. The companies did not reveal a planned opening date.

"The alliance with v6 Transition fits with our growth strategy of pursuing relationships that give us a further outlet for our proven IPv6 test solutions, and it complements our core business," said Ellen Hall, president of Spirent Federal, in a prepared statement. "Our goal is for Spirent Federal to be synonymous with government testing."

IPv6 offers many advantages over IPv4, including vastly expanded address space to allow more unique IP addresses, along with tighter security and more efficient network management capabilities.

Spirent provides integrated performance analysis and service assurance systems for network technologies, while v6 Transition is the training and consulting division of Innofone.com.

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