Ben Hatton Exploring the business benefits of IPv6

February 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

You may recall a blog post from last year that I wrote about the IPv6 protocol, and how much more expansive it is compared to the older IPv4 standard (you can check it out here). While the number of IPv4 allocations hasn’t diminished just yet (and the world isn’t necessarily going to end when they do), there are still many advantages for your business to migrate to the new standard, if you haven’t already. I want to touch on what some of these benefits look like, some thoughts on how you can begin the migration planning process, and how vendors like Data Cave can play a role in your migration. Business Benefits of IPv6

Business benefits of IPv6

Beyond the fact that IPv6 allows for exponentially* more address allocations than before, there are several additional key benefits that it can have for your business as a whole, as well. Here are just a few of them:

  1. More secure: While the IPv4 protocol was certainly not built with security in mind, a wide range of security features are built in to IPv6.
  2. More efficient routing: When it comes to traffic routing, IPv6 allows for a more simplified approach to how internet packets are processed and routed. This enables  data to be routed much more quickly than with IPv4.
  3. Greater flexibility for mobile networks: IPv6 introduces much more flexibility for mobile devices connected to a network. This means that mobile networks (and devices connecting to them) can offer more efficient point-to-point communication than they could have before.

Starting the IPv6 planning process

Migrating your organization to IPv6 is definitely an undertaking, but it is completely worthwhile if you want to realize these benefits as well as put your business into a more “future-proof” position. Here are a few areas of consideration that should help you to get the planning process started:

  1. Evaluate your current hardware and software: Understanding what you already have is an important first step of the planning process, because this will determine early on what a significant chunk of your project budget will look like. You will want to look at your current hardware and software and evaluate what is or isn’t already compatible with IPv6, and then budget accordingly for any new equipment/software you will need.
  2. Work closely with your vendors: In addition to determining your company’s own level of readiness for IPv6, it is equally important to communicate with your IT vendors as well on their own capabilities; this includes your data center provider and any network service provider you may work with. The more you know about your vendors’ current and future IPv6 capabilities and plans, the more fleshed out and realistic your IPv6 adoption plan will be.

Understand that it is a process

One of the biggest things to remember is that this most likely won’t be a quick change for you, but a large undertaking with several moving parts and dependencies on third parties, so you should treat it as such. Also, it helps to not just look at it as a “challenge” or an undertaking, but as an opportunity for your business to take advantage of the connectivity and security advances that IPv6 can afford. As an IPv6-ready data center, Data Cave can play a part in supporting your IPv6 efforts when it comes to your point-to-point internet connectivity. For more information on what that could look like, contact us today!

 

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