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TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies' Network Security Test Equipment First to Validate Firewall Performance for Voice over IPv6
[November 15, 2004]

TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies' Network Security Test Equipment First to Validate Firewall Performance for Voice over IPv6

DURHAM, N.H. --(Business Wire)-- Nov. 15, 2004 -- Demonstration at Multi-Vendor Test Event Verifies Security of Voice and Data Over Next-Generation Networks

(Moonv6 Test Event) Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today demonstrated that its security and content networking-performance tester is the first to validate firewall performance for VoIPv6 (Voice over Internet Protocol version 6). With the ability to emulate both voice and data applications simultaneously, Agilent's N4180A NetworkTester can identify and solve IPv6 implementation issues such as the ability of IPv6 networks to offer higher-quality voice services while carrying Web and e-mail traffic and blocking denial-of-service attacks.

Working with more than 20 major equipment vendors, network operators who convened for the Moonv6 IPv6 test event at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), as well as several branches of the U.S. military, Agilent was instrumental in testing interoperability and measuring the security and performance of IPv6 network equipment. The test equipment enables vendors and service providers to reduce IPv6 implementation time and increase confidence that IPv6 network security equipment is ready to carry voice traffic.

"We worked closely with Agilent using NetworkTester to validate the VoIPv6 capabilities of our market-leading VPN-1/FireWall-1 Next Generation with Application Intelligence," said Jonathan Appel, IPv6 project manager from Check Point Software Technologies, a leading provider of network security solutions. "Check Point's application-intelligence technology is critical to protect converging voice and data networks from security threats such as Internet worms and billing frauds."


At the Moonv6 event, the NetworkTester demonstrated the emulation of SIP and H.323 VoIP protocols at the same time as application protocols such as HTTP, SMTP, and POP3, allowing users to simulate IPv6-capable hosts and services running hundreds of thousands of real data transactions and voice calls per second.

"For the first time, manufacturers and service providers can emulate thousands of VoIP calls and Web applications simultaneously over IPv6, allowing the performance of data services on voice traffic to be measured under real-world conditions," said Dave Bass, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Data Networking Division. "By accelerating the development and deployment of IPv6 and IPv4 network security devices such as firewalls and VPN gateways, Agilent helps assure the security and quality of voice services over next-generation networks."

"In any maturing technology, interoperability among devices affects the progress of adoption and deployment," said Erica Williamsen, the UNH-IOL IPv6 technical manager and technical coordinator for testing. "To secure next-generation networks, it is critical for firewalls to simultaneously process mixed IPv4/IPv6 data application and VoIP traffic, while effectively blocking attacks. Companies participating in Moonv6 tests are demonstrating that their products are rapidly moving in this direction."

Agilent's NetworkTester's layer 4-7 protocol test capabilities complement the layer 2-3 capabilities of Agilent's N2X, providing Moonv6 participants with a complete solution for testing IPv6 equipment and networks. Agilent NetworkTester customers can now upgrade their equipment for testing VoIP over both IPv6 and IPv4.

Further information about Agilent's NetworkTester is available at www.agilent.com/comms/networktester. Product photos are available at www.agilent.com/find/networktester_photo.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Agilent N4195A NetworkTester VoIP software is available now for order at a price of $15,091 and is expected to ship in January 2005.

About Moonv6

The Moonv6 project is a collaborative effort between the NAv6TF, the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab, government agencies and Internet2. Taking place across the United States at multiple locations, the Moonv6 project represents the most aggressive collaborative IPv6 interoperability and application demonstration event in the North American market to date. More information is available at www.moonv6.org.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 28,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $7.2 billion in fiscal year 2004. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.

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