September 07, 2010
Verizon Business Offers Tips for Smooth Adoption of Next-Generation Internet Protocol
By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor
As early as next year, the Internet Protocol version 4 or IPv4 addresses are expected to be exhausted. A smooth transition to the next-generation Internet Protocol version 6 or IPv6 is the need of the hour for businesses and government agencies globally.
Less than 5.5 percent of IPv4 addresses are remaining. This is according to American Registry for Internet Numbers or ARIN (News - Alert). Before IPv4 runs out, organizations need to ensure that e-mail, Web and business applications will be accessible via both protocols.
A top company involved in the development, testing and allocation of IPv6 addressing is Verizon Business (News - Alert). In order for a smooth transition, organizations are being offered tips by Verizon Business. These include:
The business impact needs to be determined.
Studies by industry analysts and experts regarding this situation should be read.
The service provider should be contacted to know what their plan of action is.
Organizations should understand how the service provider will implement connectivity for the IPv4 and IPv6-addressed Internets.
Organizations also need to evaluate their business’ internal infrastructure.
Organizations may need to upgrade some of their equipment for connectivity through IPv6.
An investment in IPv6 will be required.
Networking and IT products need to be verified for compliance with IPv6.
Support for IPv6 should be ensured while purchasing any new hardware and software.
IPv6 compliant products will have an ICSA Labs seal.
Organizations need to develop an IPv6 migration plan. There should be plans for both internal and external networking.
The business needs and industry analysis of IPv4 address depletion and application/networking dependence for IPv6 should be evaluated.
Based on these needs, a companywide IPv6 readiness/transition date should be designated.
To ensure functionality is not hampered the migration plans need to be tested.
In a press release, Anthony Recine, vice president of network and communications solutions for Verizon Business said, "Verizon Business has been at the forefront of IPv6 testing and adoption for more than a decade. We are prepared to work with our customers to ensure a smooth transition to the next-generation Internet Protocol, which will not only ensure the continued growth of the Internet, but will open doors to future technologies."
Verizon Business is a unit of Verizon Communications. For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com.
Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Ed Silverstein