IPv6, the next generation IP protocol which is replacing the current IPv4 (not sure what happened to IPv5) has not taken off quite the way it had been anticipated. Still, the standard is being rolled out more and more, if by nothing more than attrition, and organizations need next generation tools to handle the next generation protocol. Storage vendor EMC has rolled out just such a tool. Their Smart IPv6 Availability Manager provides discovery, mapping, monitoring and root-cause analysis of problems for IPv6 networks, and is also backward compatible with IPv4 networks or networks that mix both IPv4 and IPv6. For more details about this IPv6 tool, check out this Computerworld.com article.