Blue Coat Digs Into IPv6 with PacketShaper 9
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To help solve the problem of IPv6 visibility, networking equipment vendor Blue Coat this week announced an updated version of their PacketShaper network visibility system software technology.
"PacketShaper can now classify and control specific applications running over IPv6," Steve House, senior director of Product Marketing and Management, told EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet. "PacketShaper has been a great platform for getting visibility in applications and content types running over the network, so customers can then turn around and take control."
The PacketShaper technology was originated by Packeteer, a company that Blue Coat acquired in 2008 for $268 million. PacketShaper is comprised of the PacketShaper hardware appliance portfolio and the PacketShaper operating system that runs on top.
House noted that in their beta tests with customer deployments, they had multiple cases where customers discovered IPv6 traffic on their respective networks that they previously were not aware of.
"IPv6 is out there, it's still a small percentage of overall traffic, but it's out there," House said. "It's not something you should be worried about overrunning the network, but you need to understand it the same way you understand IPv4 traffic, to make sure nothing bad is going on."