October 14, 2010, 9:13 PM — BlueCat Networks has enhanced its IP address management software to aid network operators in the transition to IPv6, the long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol.
BlueCat has added several IPv6-related features to its Proteus IPAM v 3.5, including new tools for planning, modeling and managing IPv6 networks. Proteus IPAM v3.5 includes the ability to discover IPv6 traffic on networks and the ability to manage environments that run IPv6 alongside the predecessor protocol, known as IPv4, in what's called a dual-stack setup.
"We've always had support for IPv6, but we've added all the pieces like discovery and reconciliation, which is significant," says Luc Roy, vice president of product management and marketing for BlueCat. "A lot of people are using the stateless auto-configuration feature of IPv6. Now customers have a way to discover and keep track of all the IPv6 addresses being used on their networks."
The latest version of BlueCat's Proteus software has more flexibility for network operators to create and configure blocks of IP addresses that represent a subset of a network. This feature simplifies IPv6 planning and helps prevent addressing errors.
"We have a lot of customers looking to get prepared for IPv6," Roy says. "They don't see the business urgency, but they want to be prepared in case the CIO comes back to them and asks about IPv6. This feature is a little bit self-guided and applies best practices when people start configuring everything."
One early customer of the software is Georgia Tech, which is in the middle of upgrading to Proteus v3.5.