IPv6 could get wider use in the government

The Commerce Department is accepting public comments on the costs and benefits of switching to IP Version 6 from Version 4. The request for comments hints at possible large-scale use of the protocol across all agencies.

The IPv6 Forum has completed its first round of interoperability tests to ensure that IT products will work with networks using the new addressing architecture of the next-generation IP.

U.S. companies with products that have crossed the first testing hurdle include CheckPoint Software Technologies Ltd. of Redwood City, Calif.; Cisco Systems Inc. of San Jose, Calif.; Extreme Networks Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif.; Foundry Networks Inc. of San Jose, Calif.; Hewlett-Packard Co.; IBM Corp.; Intel Corp.; IP Infusion Inc. of San Jose, Calif.; Juniper Networks Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif.; Microsoft Corp.; Procket Networks Inc. of Milpitas, Calif.; Sun Microsystems Inc.; and WindRiver Systems Inc. of Alameda, Calif.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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