DOD wraps up third round of IPv6 testing

The Defense Department has completed a third round of testing for its migration to the next-generation IP.

The tests this month simulated real-world traffic on the world's largest native IP Version 6 test bed to review quality of service, multicast capability and security. The Army's Joint Interoperability Test Command at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., also tested voice over IPv6 for the first time.

The network, dubbed Moonv6, is a collaborative effort of the command, the North American IPv6 Task Force and the University of New Hampshire's Interoperability Laboratory.

DOD in June of last year announced that it would make IPv6 a department standard by mid-2007.
Moonv6's 80 servers from a variety of vendors extend to eight military, academic and commercial sites from New Hampshire to San Diego.

The November tests looked at the ability of current DOD applications and equipment to interoperate when using IPv6 features.

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