TECH BRIEF

JITC approves Juniper gear for IPv6 use

The Defense Information Systems Agency’s Joint Interoperability Test Command has certified that a set of Juniper Networks' network gateway devices can work with other military-approved IPv6 products, the company said.

JITC's Approved Products List (APL) for IPv6 capability now includes Juniper's SSG320M and SSG20 Secure Services Gateways, the ISG2000 Integrated Security Gateway, and the NetScreen-5400 integrated gateway.

All the products were added to the APL in October 2008 in the category of Information Assurance Devices. All of them run Version 6.2 of Juniper's ScreenOS software.

In April, JITC will discontinue separate IPv6 testing and instead evaluate IPv6 compatibility as part of overall interoperability testing. Defense Department policy states that all the information technology equipment the military buys must be tested for interoperability before being fielded.

"Interoperability is the ability of systems, units or forces to provide data, information, materiel and services to and accept the same from other systems, units or forces and to use the data, information, materiel and services so exchanged to enable them to operate effectively together," according to a JITC document.

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