SOLVING THE IPv6 MIGRATION PROBLEM
Many businesses are facing the problem of migrating their networks and solutions to IPv6. The common approach of running “dual-stack” configurations with IPv4 and IPv6 on the same clients, servers and routers doesn’t solve the migration problem. It is either IPv4 or IPv6 or both in parallel. Many legacy systems don’t even support IPv6 and cannot be replaced or upgraded in the next number of years. A significant investment is required to upgrade all systems, products and solutions to IPv6, but it is required to meet compliance criteria and to drive future business. The Datatek IPv4-IPv6 Transformer closes the gap.
THE ALL-IN-ONE IPv6 TRANSITION SOLUTION
The Datatek IPv4-IPv6 Transformer is a multi-functional and highly-secure solution for migrating your IPv4 infrastructure to future IPv6 networks. The driving need to implement IPv6 in enterprise networks, cloud solutions and hosted environments requires a solid and reliable transition path. Datatek’s IPv4-IPv6 Transformer uses proprietary technology to connect legacy IPv4 infrastructures to the latest generation IPv6 networks and provides dynamic protection with IPsec security mechanisms.
ADVANTAGES TO TRANSLATION
Datatek’s IPv4-IPv6 Transformer provides a proven solution for IPv4 systems to transition to IPv6 quickly and easily. By migrating to an all-IPv6 network, the customer saves costs by not having to maintain dual IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Datatek’s IPv4-IPv6 Transformer uses network address and protocol translation to provide IPv6 connectivity and services to legacy IPv4 systems immediately in preparation for the day when the IPv4 network will be turned down. The Datatek solution does not perform tunneling, which perpetuates the dual-stack nature of the network and which can introduce security concerns. The IPv4-IPv6 Transformer supports a limited number of users, thus avoiding many of the problems facing large-scale NATs.
HOW IT OPERATES
Datatek’s IPv4-IPv6 Transformer changes a legacy IPv4-only host into a dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 host. Simply insert the Transformer into the host’s network connection and you’re ready to talk IPv6! No changes to the host’s software or hardware are needed – it’s just a bump in the wire. Datatek uses IPsec to maintain a secure end-to-end connection between IPv6 end-points.
DATATEK’S UNIQUE IPv4-IPv6 TRANSFORMER WORKS!!
The Datatek IPv4-IPv6 Transformer is shown above operating with both IPv4 and IPv6 hosts in a dual-stack fashion. The IPv4-IPv6 Transformer enables an IPv4 host to continue to operate with other IPv4 hosts with no disruptions.
Protocol and address translation are implemented seamlessly as are higher-level protocol mediation and termination functions such as DNS, ICMP, DHCP and ARP.
The IPv4-IPv6 Transformer platform is based on proven design experience that has evolved from Datatek’s highly reliable and robust carrier-class line of protocol mediation products.
IPv6 READY APPROVED
The Datatek Applications IPv4-IPv6 Transformer has successfully passed IPv6 certification tests conducted by the University of New Hampshire’s Inter-Operability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) and has achieved the IPv6 Ready Phase-2 Gold Logo status. The Phase-2 gold logo expands the “core IPv6 protocols” test coverage to approximately 450 tests and adds new extended test categories. One of the extended test categories is IPsec, for which Datatek has also been approved.
The UNH-IOL offers the official IPv6 Forum’s IPv6 Ready Logo testing as an IPv6 Ready Logo Approved Laboratory. The IPv6 Ready Logo program creates a formal recognition process for devices that demonstrate IPv6 capabilities and provides buyers with a high level of assurance. The UNH-IOL is the sole IPv6 Ready Logo North American Representative Laboratory.
The IPv6 Ready (http://www.ipv6ready.org/) Logo Program provides conformance and interoperability test specifications based on open standards to support IPv6 deployment across the globe. Effective testing of IPv6 products is of critical importance in ensuring the deployment, interoperability, security and reliability of the IPv6 infrastructure.
The IPv6 Ready Logo test specifications are the result of technical consensus between the IPv6 Ready Logo Program Committee members and industry review. The series of tests defined as part of the IPv6 Ready Logo test specifications suite can be divided into two types of tests: conformance and interoperability.
The conformance test aims at validating a product to IETF RFCs (a conformance test for a protocol may deal with several RFCs). This is accomplished through specific tools, which emulates a network of reference for the tested product. The protocol for a test is analyzed for each of the specification’s functional assertions and the conformance test verifies the implementation profile reference of the protocol.
The interoperability test is realized in a lab environment, and the tested product is interconnected with other IPv6 Ready Logo-ed products supporting typical configurations. The developed scenarios aim at verifying if the product is able to interact with other IPv6 Ready Logo-ed products of different origins.
DIACAP Authorization to Operate
Datatek’s IPv4-IPv6 Transformer has been granted Authorization to Operate (ATO) by the DOD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP).
The US Air Force Medical Service Automated Information Systems (AFMS AIS) Certifying Authority (CA) tested the IPv4-IPv6 Transformer in its lab, and with extensive documentation provided by Datatek Applications, made the decision to grant the ATO.
Datatek’s IPv4-IPv6 Transformer may be operated within secure enclaves within the Air Force. By extension, the US Army and Navy may also grant the ATO by obtaining supporting documentation from the Air Force Medical Service.