For Immediate Release
InterWorking Labs Announces SilverCreek 7.3, the official SNMP Test Suite
InterWorking Labs adds IPv6 support and Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) to SilverCreek 7.3:
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (October 1, 2003) - InterWorking Labs, developers of innovative products to measure, characterize, and debug next generation network devices in enterprise communications networks, today announced new features and capabilities in SilverCreek 7.3.
These new features include support for IPv6, the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), and SNMP performance testing.
"Internet Protocol Version 6" (or IPv6) is the next generation protocol designed by the Internet Engineering Task Force to replace the current version Internet Protocol, IP Version 4 (or IPv4). IPv6 offers a considerably larger address space, and the ability to deploy key technologies such as auto configuration, security, traffic engineering, multicast, and more manageable routing table growth.
SilverCreek 7.3 provides support for devices using the IPv6 transport and conforming to RFC 2452, 2454, 2465, and 2466. This includes all IPv6 address types (link-local, site-local and global). At the SNMP/Tcl API level, in SilverCreek, the snmptcl engine now supports IPv6 transparently with support at the IPv6 link local, site local and global address space as well as the host domain name.
The U.S. DoD is requires “[as of] October 2003, all network capabilities purchased by DoD be both IPv6-capable and interoperable with the department's extensive IPv4 installed base." SilverCreek 7.3 provides a mechanism for manufacturers to test compliance with IPv6 and provides the Department of Defense a mechanism for evaluating conforming products prior to purchase and deployment on government networks.
The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is a Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) that specifies a cryptographic algorithm for use by U.S. Government organizations to protect sensitive, unclassified information. The National Institute of Standards and Technology anticipates that the AES will be widely used by organizations, institutions, and individuals outside of the U.S. Government. AES is implemented in systems to protect electronic data and is expected to replace DES and eventually triple DES. The AES algorithm is capable of using cryptographic keys of 128, 192, and 256 bits to encrypt and decrypt data in blocks of 128 bits, and is thus considerably more robust in the face of crackers than DES.
SilverCreek 7.3 supports the 128 bit AES in CFB128 mode as specified in draft-blumenthal-aes-usm-05.txt. SilverCreek’s support for this standard means that manufacturers who have implemented AES can use SilverCreek to test their implementations.
A new Performance Monitoring Tool allows the user to measure the response time of a networked device to selected SNMP operations. The user can compare these results with other devices to evaluate the performance capabilities of the device under test. Analysis of the performance results may lead to understanding the true source of performance issues – the network application, the network itself or the device itself.
Performance tests may be invoked against several devices and the results used to determine where performance bottlenecks exist and even what device performs best. The new performance-monitoring tool can send SNMP requests both in synchronous mode and asynchronous mode.
SilverCreek 7.3 is available now from InterWorking Labs.