Cisco announces availability of Phase II of IPv6

Cisco Systems, Inc., announced today the availability of the second phase of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) features in Cisco IOS Software.

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By  Vijaya George Published  December 5, 2001

Cisco Systems, Inc., announced today the availability of the second phase of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) features in Cisco IOS Software. These features, available across the widest breadth of platforms in the industry, build on Cisco's delivery of the industry's first IPv6 solution in May 2001. Cisco's Phase II functionality further enables the integration of IPv6 with the current IPv4-based Internet, which is essential to emerging IPv6 markets and applications such as mobile data, home access and carrier infrastructure.

“The demand for IP addresses is being driven by the proliferation of mobile phones as well as Internet-based gaming and telephony applications,” stated Lawrence Orans, senior analyst, Gartner, Inc. “IPv6 solves this problem, and as it becomes more widely deployed, the need for more advanced IPv6 functionality will also increase in order to address areas such as quality of service, network management tools and route optimization for mobile devices.”

Ghazi Atallah, regional manager—service providers at Cisco Middle East stated that telecommunications organisations and large enterprises in the Middle East will need to carefully examine their strategies for migration to IPv6 as the Internet develops and transforms. “The Middle East market is not as PC-centric as other western countries. PC penetration is still low, and it is likely that devices such as mobile phones or gaming consoles will become increasingly popular for accessing Internet services,” he said.
He also added that the challenge in successfully deploying IPv6 services will depend largely on how well the former is integrated with existing IPv4 infrastructure to allow for seamless migration of applications.

Cisco's Phase II solution is designed to enable this integration by providing services such as protocol translation between IPv6 and IPv4 networks, which preserves full IP access to Internet services as IPv6 is rolled out. Its Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) also works towards such integration.

Even as the IPv6 Phase II functionality is just being made available for limited deployment with wider availability scheduled in the first half of 2002, Cisco has already demonstrated forthcoming IPv6 Phase III capabilities including native support for the Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) routing protocol for large-scale deployments and hardware-accelerated IPv6 forwarding on the Cisco 12000 Series Internet Router at the IPv6 Forum Summit in Japan on December 3rd.

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