IPv6 support are mandated by USG Federal requirement in 2010 (includes IPSec) So basically to qualify products, an effort to understand the requirements
to support IPv6/IPSec was initiated. eventually this effort resulted into detail USGv6 profile.This includes specific testing executed by external approved labs.
FAR - Federal Acquisition Regulation has made USGv6 certification mandatory for all IT related products/services.
So what does USGv6 include when one says - all IT related products/services?
Well it includes all appliances , devices, products and possible based services which include an IP (Internet Protocol) stack in it.
What does it require ?
It requirements are based on support for IP V6 and IPSEC ( yeah even IPSEC)
Whats the due Date ?
31st July 2010
What should I do , if I own an IP based appliance/device/product and plan to sell it to Federal?
No need to panic - the world is not ending - but time to pull up your socks.
Here are some pointers
- Read http://w3.antd.nist.gov/usgv6/usgv6-v1-faq.htm
Unfortunately there is no good information available on first google ..hence thought of scribbling this blog to help novice like me.
"If I were GOD, I would Patent all the Diseases & Dreadfulness to protect from any Human Infringement" - Sandeep
Well later last week IBM enetred into file based storage solutions with the release of SoNAS appliance. SoNAS is not the next door
appliance but I consider it disruptive in nature, especially with its architecture.
The two top reasons to buy this box is :
1. First and foremost it is Scale Out in Nature , unlike traditional Scale up models. So that helps your growing business to grow better and cost efficient with their storages : Pay-as-you-go model
2. Its empowered with IBM's powerful filesystems ,which traditionally has been only used for super computing. So it gives the SMB players the advantage of premium class at the price of standard to help achieve high performance, scalability, availability, and flexibility in a modular fashion.
While there are many other good reasons to switch to SoNAS which I will unfold over days, its time for you to start thinking of you storage boxes and evaluate if they present such values.
Competitors - SoNAS is coming :-)
More Info: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/storage/network/sonas/