For 20+ years IPv4 has been the world standard for Internet-attached device communication. As we enter the age of IPv6 a new gamut of security, performance, and equipment challenges are being revealed. Recently, FortiNet teamed with BreakingPoint to perform a real-world ultra-high bandwidth test of an IPv6-enabled FortiGate firewall. This test series yielded some surprising results including the qualification of the FortiGate 5140B as the fastest IPv6 firewall ever tested. Additionally, numerous configuration and equipment discoveries were made during the test that are as applicable for small-business as enterprise-grade networks.
As the only Fortinet Center of Excellence in Charlotte and the Carolinas, CIT has replicated several of the lessons learned from the BreakingPoint tests in-house. We found a number of roadblocks that small and medium businesses would be likely to encounter during IPv6 deployments that were not uncovered at the enterprise testing level performed by BreakingPoint. Our testing was performed using a FortiGate 310 with a full (Unified Threat Management) UTM license. Check out the video below to learn more about the testing and results!