Roundup: ITlink, IPv6 Day, Cisco, Blue Coat Systems

- Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Roundup: ITlink, IPv6 Day, Cisco, Blue Coat Systems

Mexican program ITlink has formed a new advisory council with industry and government officials, according to a statement.

ITlink, created with the support of the World Bank and Mexico's economy ministry through software industry development program Prosoft, promotes interaction of local IT firms and multinational companies.

Local ICT association Amiti's director, Javier Allard, was named council president, and ITlink program head Antonio Couttolenc Sánchez will be technical secretary. Economy ministry commerce and digital economy director Claudia García Romero, Dell Mexico government affairs director María Antonieta Villa, and Prosistemas CEO Emilio Milán will work as counselors.

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The Internet Society was organizing on Wednesday the World IPv6 Day, the biggest test of the new internet protocol.

Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Akamai and Limelight, among others, will use their content on IPv6 for 24 hours to make sure the transition from IPv4 is successful. The tricky part is that IPv6 is not interoperable with IPv4; they work in parallel, creating an independent internet.

Currently, Latin America, "as a geographical area, still has a margin of time - a couple of years - to incorporate IPv6," Tomás Barros, NIC Chile laboratory director, was quoted as saying by technology website FayerWayer.

"In Chile, almost no one has migrated to IPv6, besides notable exceptions such as advanced academic networks. While there are companies in a testing phase, the level preparation is low; the offer is almost negligible for now," he added.

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Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) has made improvements to its Cisco ASR 9000 Series to increase network capacity, reduce operational costs and simplify transition to IPv6, according to a company statement.

These new benefits were made possible through Cisco's new nV technology for network virtualization, which will be initially incorporated in the Cisco ASR 9000 system and eventually in other Cisco platforms.

Cisco predicts the number of devices connected to the network will be more than 15bn by 2015 - twice the world population - while the total amount of internet traffic will quadruple to 966 exabytes a year.

Cisco ASR 9000 offers a capacity 36 times higher than competing products of 96 terabits per second, slashes costs up to 70% and pledges ROI under a year, according to the company.

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US web accelerator and security company Blue Coat Systems (Nasdaq: BCSI) was the global and Latin American leader in the content security gateway appliance market in the first quarter of 2011, the company said in a statement, quoting a recent study from IT consultancy Infonetics Research.

Blue Coat has a market share of 29.4% in Latin America, nearly double its nearest competitor. The company has held this leading position every year since 2006.

"Our market leadership reflects increasing demand for web security," marketing director and senior global sales VP Steve Daheb said.