July Events

Friday, July 13, 2012

We're participating at the events below this month.  If you're going to be at one of these and would like to meet, just send us an email.

10 Aspects of IPv6 to Consider

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How will IPv6 impact my network?  What's required to make my network IPv6 capable?  What benefits will I gain?  How much will it cost?  These are a few of the questions to consider when planning your IPv6 strategy, and ones that we're hearing more frequently from our customers.  To help demystify IPv6, below are ten aspects you should know:
  1. IPv6 is inevitable, as IPv4 addresses [about 4.3 billion total] will soon become exhausted as a result of a more connected planet with a widening range of devices;
  2. IPv6 is more scalable, allowing for more than 3.4×1038 addresses - that's N with 37 zeros following it;
  3. IPv6 is more efficient, allowing for auto-configuration, smaller routing tables and more simplified packet handling, to name a few;
  4. IPv6 is more secure, with IPSec built into the architecture, capable of end-to-end encryption;
  5. IPv6 is more robust, as direct addressing is possible, allowing for new network services, and more advanced quality of service;
  6. IPv6 has better multimedia support, as IPv6 supports multicast, allowing for packets to be sent to multiple destinations simultaneously;
  7. IPv6 has better mobility support, allowing mobile users to seamlessly pass from one network to another without losing data;
  8. IPv6 has built in privacy extensions, which, when enabled, make it more difficult to accurately track Internet activity;
  9. IPv6 can carry a larger packet payload [Jumbogram] than IPv4, which can improve performance over high-MTU links; and,
  10. IPv6 will become a compliancy requirement, and as government agencies and enterprises make the transition, you may need to meet their IPv6 requirements to conduct business with them.
As you can see, IPv6 is in your network's best interest, but a successful transition will require planning and expertise.  To that end, there are a number of implementation tactics [e.g. dual-stack, tunneling, NAT, etc.], as well as hardware, if required, to assist in transitioning your network to IPv6, without downtime or service interruption, and with minimal expense. The key is to begin sooner, than later, migrating in phases, beginning with non-mission critical aspects first.

For a free IPv6 consultation, please send us an email to: ipv6@netuf.net.