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World IPv6 Day


Fortinet is the midst of World IPv6 Day, a global test of IPv6 support, and we’re enjoying being part of this global event. Beginning at midnight UTC on June 8 (5 PM PDT June 7), World IPv6 Day has brought together service providers, content providers, vendors and government agencies from around the world for a 24-hour test.

The Internet Society (ISOC) created this “test flight” of IPv6-enabled Websites to encourage a preparedness for IPv6. And, so far, so good-There are no significant issues reported.

Although the need to migrate from IPv4 to IPv6 eventually isn’t news to any IT professional, few organizations have actually started down the IPv6 migration path. This test day is a great way to boost awareness of the need to get off the fence and start creating a plan.

What many security professionals are just now realizing is that many legacy devices in their network cannot run the software needed to support IPv6, and will have to be upgraded. The task of creating an inventory of every device connected to the network and its ability to support IPv6 is challenging enough; when coupled with the need to build a new addressing scheme, I can see why IPv6 planning has been lagging. However, as Lao Tzu once said, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step…”

We have made several tools available to demonstrate our support for IPv6 during World IPv6 Day and to help you start on your journey:
. is accessible via IPv6
. A demonstration FortiGate appliance running on an IPv6 network is viewable online (reachable only via IPv6)
. Created a new IPv6 Solutions page where you can find a new white paper and updated solution guide on migrating to IPv6, as well as links to the FortiGate demonstration system we’ve set up for World IPv6 Day.

Fortunately, Fortinet has been a leader in the network security industry with its early support of IPv6. Because of our commitment to two important customer segments, global telecommunications carriers and the US government, IPv6 compliance has always been a priority for us.

The dual-stack FortiGate solution achieved the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) IPv6 product certification conducted by the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), and FortiGate appliances have been listed on the DoD’s Unified Capabilities Approved Products List (UC APL) for IPv6 since 2008. It also achieved USGv6 certification in 2011.

The FortiOST operating system running on all FortiGate appliances has also received IPv6 Ready Logo Program validation from the IPv6 Forum, a worldwide consortium that provides technical guidance for the deployment of IPv6 technology. It has successfully fulfilled all requirements for IPv6 Phase-2 Core Support as a router product, thereby validating the interoperability of FortiGate appliances with other IPv6 products.

What these certifications and compliance mean is that we’re ready when you’re ready. Our FortiGate consolidated security solutions will deliver the performance and protection you need, whether you’re on IPv6 or IPv4.

We hope you enjoy World IPv6 Day-it is the shape of things to come.

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