Hexago Releases Federal Agency Guide for IPv6 Transition: Single Best Source of Information on Tunneling Technology

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Hexago, the leading provider of IPv6 deployment solutions, today announced the release of a guide, "Introduction To Secure Managed Tunnels - A Federal Agency's Guide To Cost Effective and Scalable IPv6 Transition Solutions." This guide provides United States Government (USG) agencies with a deep look at techniques they can use to support their transition to IPv6. It is available on Hexago's Web site at http://www.hexago.com/.

Costs aside, our experience with deployments in other parts of the world shows that a pure dual stack approach is more theoretical than practical - to make a functional network, organizations always complement dual stack with other transition technologies such as tunneling and translation.

    Hexago's federal agency guide is the first and only guide on how to use secure and managed tunneling technology to achieve the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) milestone for agency core networks to be IPv6 capable by 2008. It is the most comprehensive guide to secure and managed tunneling technology available today. Configured tunnels are supported by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) as a standard IPv6 transition mechanism, along with dual-stack.

The guide reveals how secure, managed tunnels can be utilized to help meet not only the June 2008 IPv6 milestone requirement developed by the Office of Management and Budget, but also provide a cost saving solution for agencies to roll out secure and managed IPv6 services across their entire enterprise. For example, if a USG agency wants to run an IPv6 only application, the agency can use secure, managed tunneling to start offering IPv6 on their network today without replacing hundreds of pieces of equipment. In the coming years, as the agency acquires new IT equipment with IPv6 built in as part of ongoing technology refresh, the agency will progressively shift to IPv6 native networks while relying on secure, managed tunneling technology for IPv4 connectivity support to legacy devices and services.

Readers of the guide will also discover how secure, managed tunnels give USG agencies greater control and flexibility over the transition to IPv6 in their network. Once an agency utilizes tunneling, all of the endpoints that are IPv6 capable can be turned on at the agency's choosing. This enables the agency to move its network to IPv6 at a rapid or slow pace, and to move the entire network or to move sections one at a time.

"With the issue of the federal agency guide, we aim to help agencies make an informed, strategic decision about their IPv6 transition," said Bruce Sinclair, president and CEO of Hexago. "Costs aside, our experience with deployments in other parts of the world shows that a pure dual stack approach is more theoretical than practical - to make a functional network, organizations always complement dual stack with other transition technologies such as tunneling and translation."

Hexago developed the federal agency guide in partnership with Fairfax, VA based SynExi, a leading technology transition and IPv6 consulting firm. The guide provides USG agencies critical, new information on the following topics:

-- Overview of tunneling,

-- How secure, managed tunnels support meeting the success criteria for the June 2008 milestone,

-- Maintaining security policies and postures during the transition to IPv6 though the use of secure, managed tunnels,

-- Secure, managed tunneling architectures,

-- Benefits and challenges associated with secure, managed tunneling, and

-- Secure, managed tunneling best practices.

About Hexago

Hexago is a leading IPv6 company that offers simple and cost-effective end-to-end deployment solutions by providing its expert services and commercial products to companies and organizations wishing to incorporate IPv6 capabilities or compatibility into their Internet services or products. Operator customers include AT&T, Chunghwa Telecom, France Telecom, KDDI, Korea Telecom, NTT, Panasonic, T-Systems, Teleglobe and Verizon Federal. U.S. government and government contractor customers include Air Force Communications Agency (AFCA), Army's Information Technology Agency (USAITA), BAE Systems, Boeing, Communications - Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Marine Corps, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) and others. For more information, visit: http://www.hexago.com.

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