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  • Hitachi Starts Free Distribution of IPv6 Windows Software
  • August 24, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Hitachi Ltd. said it developed protocol exchange software for personal computers to support the next-generation Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6).
    Hitachi began to freely distribute the software from its Web site on Aug. 20. Downloads are available in both Japanese and English.

    The protocol suite IPv6 represents an advance in standards over IPv4, the version currently used for Internet connectivity. Among the many features of IPv6 are an expanded IP address space, improved security and priority controls, and more efficient routing functions.

    Hitachi's protocol exchange software is for Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT, and is called "Toolnet6."

    It enables IPv4 applications that run in a Windows environment to be used without modification in an IPv6 environment. Existing client/server applications also can be converted to IPv6.

    Hitachi developed an IPv6 router, the NR60, in June 1997. The company also is a participant in 6Bone, an experimental IPv6-based network on a worldwide scale. Four Hitachi locations in Japan are connected to an IPv6-based network that began experimental operations in July.

    The Tokyo-based electronics company plans to offer IPv6 connectivity based on Toolnet6 and NR60 as options available through its "netSpace" Internet access service and through its "Compassport" outsourcing service for corporate users.

    (Nikkei Communications)

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    Updated: Fri Aug 21 19:40:02 1998 PDT