A Pragmatic Guide to Moving to IPv6
IPv6 is here! Steady growth in mobile devices and whirlwind Internet adoption in emerging markets will exhaust available IPv4 addresses soon. By moving from 32-bit to 128-bit IP addresses, IPv6 dramatically expands the number of addresses available.
Your enterprise must make the transition. It requires careful planning to maintain network uptime. And since IPv6 may strain legacy hardware, budgeting for upgrades may be required. This migration guide details three key steps to a successful transition:
- Adopt IPv6 in phases - use network address translation (NAT) to ease transition in the data center.
- Measure the impact - make sure the additional processing required for longer addresses doesn't degrade server performance.
- Test the applications - and use NAT to solve any application compatibility problems you find.