In the early 1990’s it became clear that the available 4.3 billion IPv4 addresses would not be able to cope with the internet’s dramatic growth. Today’s BYOD and IoT trends are leading to an even higher demand for IP addresses. To deal with the anticipated IPv4 address exhaustion, IPv6 was developed. This successor technology uses 128-bit addresses, versus the 32-bit addresses used by IPv4. As such IPv6 provides nearly 600 quadrillion addresses for every square millimeter on earth. It offers the capability to provide unique addresses to each and every device or node attached to the internet.
Although the IPv6 development focused primarily on expanded addressing capabilities, device mobility and configuration aspects have also been considered in the design of the protocol. However these advantages raise serious questions about security, especially with so many more individuals and devices online. On the one hand IPv6 comes with its own build-in security protocol: IPsec. On the other hand the debate about every (smart) device having direct and unlimited access to the internet has been blown wide open by these developments.
Despite the necessity and all the benefits, the deployment of IPv6 remains a challenge. Not only because the entire internet infrastructure in place relies mainly on IPv4 but also because the two protocols are not designed to be interoperable. To help deploy the new infrastructure a number of transition techniques were created. Most important of them are dual stack and tunneling. Nevertheless the shift to IPv6 is inevitable in our digitizing world and enterprises should prepare their networks for it.
TrueGEN only offers IPv6 capable devices. As a result we can guarantee our customers a smooth path forward in migrating to IPv6. Next to this, TrueGEN can assist with the design of an IPv6-capable environment, advice in periods of transition or offer recommendations to IPv6-related questions.