Most networks run on Internet Protocol version 4, or IPv4, which is the address system that connects network devices. The available IPv4 addresses will eventually be exhausted, and organizations are gradually adopting the next-generation IPv6 protocol. This new standard, while creating a nearly inexhaustible number of addresses, introduces new complexity in network control. This has made migrating from IPv4 to IPv6 a low priority for many organizations. But organizations that don’t include IPv6 support in planned upgrades risk expensive rework in the future.
Manual management of IPv6 addresses is cumbersome, error-prone and impossible to do in practical terms, and is reason enough to automate network control. But because not everyone will convert to the new protocol at the same time — the cutover around the globe will take years to achieve — networks will have to accommodate communication and connectivity with both protocols, IPv4 and IPv6, in the interim.
Automated network control allows organizations to choose the method and pace of internal migration to IPv6 that best suits their needs, and will allow access to their network via either IPv4 or IPv6.
Making a Seamless IPv6 Transition
Infoblox’s automated network solutions are IPv6-enabled, with IPv6-ready components, physical and virtual as well as software and hardware. By using automated network solutions, organizations can ensure that they will continue to see “always on” high performance from their network as the global transition period proceeds over the next several years, including:
- Provisioning the lengthy 128-bit IPv6 addresses, both from internal IPv6 devices and from outside IPv6 devices trying to access the network
- Accommodating both IPv6 and IPv4 systems in a dual-stack solution, if desired
- Continuing to communicate and connect with others during their cutover process
- Devising and implementing an internal migration to IPv6 at a pace and time chosen by the organization, including a department-by-department conversion and testing plan
- Identifying network components that need to be updated, upgraded, or replaced in order to be IPv6-compliant
The adoption and complexity of IPv6 requires the numerous benefits of an automated network solution from Infoblox in order to keep an organization’s network up and running during a seamless migration.
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