IPv6 Inquiries

Recently, after reviewing our post Top 5 Reasons Your Business Needs to Adopt IPv6, one of our readers posted an excellent question regarding the implementation of IPv6. As a review, our Top 5 reasons to implement IPv6 are;

  1. Avoid Website Disruption: Companies who do not initiate the transition to IPv6 soon may risk accessibility problems.
  2. Prevent an Increase in Costs: If your business hasn’t planned for the transition to IPv6, it can end up costing more. Companies who do not adopt IPv6 early on will be forced to spend more money in order to deal with the scarcity of IPv4 addresses. These costs can include the implementation of      workarounds, the purchase of network gear, or attempting to purchase the few remaining IPv4 addresses.
  3. Business Growth: Certain parts of the world have already run out of new IPv4 addresses, which can be problematic if your company conducts business globally.
  4. Maintain a Competitive Edge: Many businesses have been prepared for IPv6 for quite some time now, and several other businesses have already begun to make the transition. In order to maintain a competitive edge in the marketplace, businesses need to be sure they are on the forefront to      technology.
  5. Maintain Business Continuity: IPv6 has been in development for over 20 years and it is now ready to be launched for broad adoption and permanent enablement. More than 1,500 companies, including websites, ISPs and router vendors, have committed to make IPv6 permanently “on by default” for their products and services.

Our reader asked:

“For a company that has a very good IPv4 address plan, reasons 1 to 4 are important only to external servers. In the future, reason 5 will be a problem for companies that don’t migrate to IPv6 (possible problem with software that will need a specific characteristic of IPv6). How can I show the CEO that it’s important to adopt IPv6 inside the company immediately?”

“Adopting IPv6 internally is just as crucial as enabling it for your externally facing servers”, replies Jose Robles, Network Technology Specialist for TeraGo Networks. “There are two main reasons for adopting IPv6. One of the main reasons is the fact that, internally, you are typically working on customized applications or hardware that will likely involve longer development time to ensure IPv6 compatibility. It’s not unheard of that a particular software application will never have IPv6 support, hence requiring the decision to be made on whether to migrate to a newer version or an entirely new application”.

“Full end to end connectivity is the second reason to upgrade your internal network,” continues Robles.  “IPv6 addresses are rendered useless if they can’t be utilized on the end devices that they were meant for. True end to end testing will help IT departments in determining any problematic issues that need to be resolved”.

“If none of this is taken in to account, then the only solution for that organization would be to traverse over some NAT46 setup, which is not a desirable option”, states Robles.

If you have a question about any of our posts, we invite you to email us at info@terago.ca or post your question in the comment section of our blog.

Blog posted by Vanessa Hartung.

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