Alex Lightman, Publisher
We are very grateful to the outstanding companies
who are also willing to share their knowledge of IPv6,
including the IPv6 Promotional Council of Japan, Windermere,
Juniper Networks, Inc., Spirent Federal Systems, Ixia,
Agilent Technologies, Microsoft Corporation, NTT Communications,
Inc., Extreme Networks, InfoWorld, and The Washington
I believe that 6Sense is the leading international
publication on the New Internet, IPv6, and that this
is our greatest issue, marking the beginning of our
second year of publication. We had so many submissions
this month that I had to move a number of articles
to our June issue. We have great articles, such as
the Japanese government contribution, which notes
(in parentheses) that the prime minister is the head
of their IT strategy team. No wonder they are ahead
of all their written goals on the way to being the
#1 IT nation: they plan their work (for IPv6), and
then they work their plan. I thank all of the companies
and authors who contributed.
Interest has been growing for our upcoming conference
on the New Internet, the Coalition Summit for IPv6
which takes place from May 23-26, 2005 at the Hyatt
Regency, in Reston, Virginia, just five minutes by
taxi east of Dulles International Airport. This is
the same venue where we held our highly successful
US IPv6 Summit last December.
What makes the Coalition Summit for IPv6 something
that everyone who is part of the IPv6 community should
- 50 world class speakers on the Future of the
Internet. Considering how powerfully the first
Internet boom impacted the world, don't you
want to be able to get an all you can eat buffet
equivalent of the highest quality, quantity, variety,
and freshness of expert opinion on the New Internet?
Wouldn't you like to know, personally, the
people who are making the decisions to move to IPv6,
why they believe IPv6 can meet their highly diverse
organizational objectives, and how and when and
with what equipment, partners, and funding they
are going to go about it? The best place for this
information is at the Coalition Summit for IPv6,
so you might as well come and be one of the best
informed people on the planet on v6.
The highest level military speakers ever.
At this event, joining Dr. Linton Wells, the CIO
of the US Department of Defense, we have the three
star generals who are the CIOs of the Army and
Air Force (General Hobbins takes office as we
go to press, and we congratulate and salute him),
as well as honored generals from Europe and Asia,
and one my favorite speakers from our last Summit,
retired General Alonzo Short, the founding director
of DISA. These are the people who make the life
or death technology decisions that relate to Network-Centric
Operations, and, as you will hear at the Coalition
Summit, the US and its allies can't achieve their
stretch goals for Net-Centric Warfare (basically,
21st century warfare) without IPv6. I think that
the current generals running the US military are
the smartest ever, with a technical expertise
that puts to rest the old cliché that "Generals
are always preparing to fight the last war."
- The broadest participation from the closest
US allies. From what I can see, Japan, Australia,
Germany, the UK, Korea, Pakistan, the members of
the European Union and other countries present are
the allies most committed to cooperating over the
long term with the US, to make sure that our intra-alliance
communications are more mobile, flexible, secure,
and adaptable. Every nation on earth owes a debt
of gratitude to the United States federal government
for the incredible gift of the Internet. It will
now be interesting to see which global communities
really show up to cooperate with the US, to ask,
"How can we collaborate and how can our nations
- Announcements and calls for action relating
to the US migration to IPv6. I will be making
the case in my own talk for the US federal government
as a whole - not just the Dept. of Defense
- to move to IPv6 by 2008 and to take that
date as seriously as we did Y2K. I will also make
the case for all close allies of the US to join
forces, and synchronize their move to IPv6, adopting
similar and congruent definitions, certification
plans, joint test beds, and other actions that will
allow us to move as a "co-evolving platform"
for expanded military, governmental, industrial,
and academic possibilities. I believe that announcements
by the policy makers who are keynote speakers at
the Summit will make history, right from our very
first presentation, by Congressman Tom Davis (R-VA),
chairman of the government reform committee in the
House of Representatives.
- The opportunity to start or join IPv6 action
teams. The Summit will be a golden opportunity
to discuss your own IPv6-related initiatives, and
to find people who can team up with you, or for
you to be drawn to the project of someone else,
and to ask if you can help support them. 2005 is
the year that you should take a leadership position
on a team doing an actual IPv6 implementation of
some kind, so that you can build your track record.
At the moment, there are tens of thousands of people
in Japan, Korea, and China, with multiyear IPv6
implementation experience that they can put on their
resumes and also use as the basis for getting government
or corporate funding. If you aren't there
yet, there is no better place, and no better time,
to get yourself on the train before Longhorn hits
the street and everyone says they are an IPv6 expert.
These are the proverbial "good old days"
that come right before venture capital and job opportunities
and promotions and career accelerations happen.
Put the band together and start playing.
I have personally invested in this conference to
make it affordable and available (especially for government
employees and students), because I believe that moving
to IPv6 gives us the highest national "Return On Investment"
of anything that the US could do. I also know that
attendance at the Coalition Summit is the closest
thing to a presidential election to choose whether
you want a better Internet for everyone, in the US
and around the world. Vote for a move to a better
connected world, and join us at the Coalition
Summit for IPv6.
Chairman, Coalition Summit for IPv6
Current Activities by the Ministry of Internal affairs
and Communications of Japan to deploy IPv6
by Masahiko Fujimoto
Director, Internet Policy Office, Telecommunication
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Japan has been putting emphasis on the development
of Information and Communications Technology through
the united efforts of government and industry, based
on the "e-Japan Strategy," which was formulated
in 2001 by IT Strategy Headquarters (Chair: the Prime
Minister) within the Cabinet, with the aim of making
Japan the world's leading nation in the ICT
field by the year 2005. The e-Japan Strategy involves
not only the support of an advanced Internet infrastructure,
but also the promotion of a transition to the IPv6
As a result of policies that encourage competition
and active participation by many new companies, we
are seeing deployment of both DSL and FTTH networks,
communications charges have been reduced to levels
not seen in other countries, and, at the same time,
traffic speed is faster than anywhere else.
IPv6 Security Architectures
Myron L. Cramer
Vice President, Windermere, an Essex Corporation Company
The deployment of Internet information systems based
upon the IPv6 protocol presents new challenges to
system developers. While the IPv6 network protocol
includes many security improvements over the current
IPv4 protocols, it also presents significant new unsolved
problems for information system security engineers.
Problems include defining and controlling enclaves,
designing boundary security systems, mapping network
topology, conducting intrusion detection, and assessing
vulnerabilities. Other issues include certification
and accreditation, and security testing.
The conventional information system security process
begins with a definition of security domains including
information systems, users, and security policies.
Security requirements are mapped to enclaves of trusted
systems and users separated from untrusted users and
systems by boundary systems. Network security systems
provide security services to the enclaves by defining,
defending, and monitoring network traffic...
Juniper Networks Committed to Unlocking the Potential
of the Next Generation of the Internet - IPv6
by Juniper Networks, Inc.
Juniper Networks is excited about its role as an
active participant during the upcoming Coalition Summit
for IPv6, May 23-26, 2005 in Reston, VA. With operational
experience providing IPv6 environments to leading-edge
institutions, Juniper Networks understands that as
the importance of the Internet continues to increase
dramatically, organizations need to unlock the potential
of the next generation of the Internet - IPv6.
The Coalition Summit for IPv6 focuses on the global
adoption of IPv6 to enable innovation, technology,
and leadership for tomorrow. Juniper Networks understands
that IPv6 represents a crucial component of the effort
to turn the promises of technology advancement into
achievable realities, while improving reliability,
integrating security, and easing network management.
As such, Juniper Networks - like the IPv6 Summit
- continues to commit resources toward the promotion
and education of the benefits of IPv6.
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Fault Diagnosis in Converged IP Networks
Spirent Federal Systems
Before Going Live, Test Equipment and Methods
Can Assure Voice, Data and Video Play Well Together
Adding voice to an existing IP data network without
testing all potential scenarios is sure to create
a network territory where users fear to tread. In
telephony, the ultimate test lies with delivering
delay-free, public switched telephone network (PSTN)
grade service the first time and ever after.
To meet this goal, service providers expecting to
launch converged IP services must apply a phased approach
to equipment and network testing, service validation
and ongoing performance and service assurance if they
are truly to achieve success with paying customers.
The process must confirm not only that voice and the
IP network perform well together, but also that voice,
data and other applications do not threaten one another's
performance along the way.
Consequently, what is required is a complete set
of test equipment and software tools, together with
a set of rigorous testing methodologies designed specifically
for the equipment, configurations and engineering
designs that make up converged IP networks. Given
the right tools and methodology, the process can be
thorough, assure five-9's performance at the
highest stress levels even before customers touch
the services, and can allow the service provider to
avoid mopping up a faulty service which has been deployed
too early - all without adding unnecessary delays
in time to market...
Ixia Extends Comprehensive Protocol Support for its
Conformance Test Solution
IxANVL 6.80 dominates the IPv6 conformance testing
market with addition of BGP4+ Protocol.
Calabasas, CA -- April 4, 2005 - Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA),
a leading, global provider of IP network testing solutions, announced
today that the latest release of its industry-leading IxANVL conformance
and interoperability test solution expands its comprehensive
network protocol support. IxANVL 6.80 adds validation for
the BGP4+ IP routing protocol, extending an array of conformance tests
for IPv6 networks that already make IxANVL a dominant test tool in this market
segment. To read the full Press Release, click
To learn more about conformance testing with IxANVL,
visit our website at www.ixiacom.com/ixanvl
Triple Play or Triple Delay?
Voice, Video and Data over IPv6: Unproven?
Service Providers are scrambling to offer voice,
video, data, and innovative services such as gaming,
interactive TV and messaging on a single pipe. At
the same time, network equipment is being upgraded
to IPv6. To support these "multi-play"
services, application-aware devices such as firewalls,
session border controllers (SBCs) and content delivery
systems need to filter and switch at layer 7. Taking
firewalls as an example, vendors only recently added
support for VoIP and video application filtering and
IPv6 - so the intersection of these technologies,
"triple play over IPv6," is relatively
Microsoft IPv6 Strategy
Lead Program Manager - IPv6
Windows Networking and Device Technologies
Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is designed to solve many of the
problems encountered on today's networks. IPv6 will support new classes
of computing and communication paradigms that are difficult to deliver
on the existing IPv4 infrastructure due to the deployment of Network
Address Translators. End-to-end network connectivity is broken, and
applications scenarios that rely on this either break inexplicably, or
are very expensive to develop and deploy. IPv6 is the only way to restore
network hygiene and support the scalability required for continued growth.
However, IPv6 deployment will not happen overnight, and there's widespread
misperception about the interdependency between infrastructure readiness and application readiness.
IPv6 transition technologies play a crucial role in breaking through this inter-dependency,
and Microsoft is working diligently toward delivering its suite of products to support
IPv6 in the near future.
The Maturity of IPv6 Leads to Virtual Private Server Web Hosting
by Cody Christman
Director of Product Engineering
As the global leader in IPv6 deployment and services,
NTT Communications has just put another stake in the
ground by announcing the next generation of its Virtual
Private Server (VPS), offering web hosting customers
the opportunity to host on a dual stack IPv4/IPv6
web hosting platform. VPS is a fully managed hosting
environment that gives customers their own UNIX virtual
machine. Although it is a web hosting platform, VPSís
capabilities go well beyond web hosting. A broad suite
of IPv6 web hosting and mail services, as well as
a number of other utilities is offered. Dual Stack
VPS users will have access to IPv6 Apache, sendmail,
POP, IMAP, SSH, FTP, ping6, and traceroute6.
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IPv6 Is Out There. Is Your Network Ready For It?
The transition to IPv6 is well under way with the
help of methods that allow the coexistence of IPv6
networks with IPv4 networks. As IPv6 progresses through
early adoption, it will be deployed more frequently
in large networks worldwide.
Because IPv6 traffic is already present on most networks,
new security threats exist whether enterprises and service
providers choose to adopt IPv6 in the short term or wait for
critical mass. The challenge is to evaluate the implications
of this transitional period and plan accordingly.
Extreme Networks addresses these concerns with a product
architecture and network operating system that were built
ground-up for IPv6.
SOA Executive Forum: Enabling Business Agility
6Sense readers are invited to attend the definitive
event exclusively focused on enabling business agility
through a service-oriented architecture (SOA) this
May in New York, New York or in San Jose, California.
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