IPv6: What Executive-Level IT Leaders Need to Do, Need to be Aware of, and Need to Budget

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IPv6: What Executive-Level IT Leaders Need to Do, Need to be Aware of, and Need to Budget

  1. 1. IPv6 - What executive level IT leaders need todo, need to be aware of, and need to budget. Trevis Edgeworth, Network Practice Manager
  2. 2. What exactly is an IP Address? An example in dotted decimal notation: 216.40.209.53 ● Internet Protocol is the most widely used “LANGUAGE” for computers on the planet. ● Devices speaking IP must have a unique IP address. ● Every laptop, desktop, server, smart phone, or whatever your device of choice that communicates on the internet is assigned an Internet Protocol address. ● What is a PRIVATE IP ● Where do IP addresses come from: ► Internet Assigned Numbers Authority ( IANA), o Regional Internet Registry (RIR)  Service Providers OR Customers1 Lumenate, LP. Technical Insight for Responsible Business | Confidential and not for distribution
  3. 3. What is IPv6? Newest Generation of Internet Protocol ● Formally available as of December 1999 ● IPv6 utilizes 128 bits of addressing, allowing for a maximum of 340 undecillion IP’s.2 Lumenate, LP. Technical Insight for Responsible Business | Confidential and not for distribution
  4. 4. World Wide Depletion of IPv4 HAPPENED February 2011. Source: https://www.arin.net/knowlege/stats.pdf3 Lumenate, LP. Technical Insight for Responsible Business | Confidential and not for distribution
  5. 5. Where did they all go? Source: https://www.arin.net/knowlege/stats.pdf4 Lumenate, LP. Technical Insight for Responsible Business | Confidential and not for distribution
  6. 6. By the numbers. ● IPv4 allows for 4,294,967,296 ( ~ 4 billion ) IP addresses ● IPv6 allows for 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 ( ~ 340 undecillion ) IP addresses ● Planet Earth inhabits ~ 6 Billion people ● Poll o How many people here have multiple devices?5 Lumenate, LP. Technical Insight for Responsible Business | Confidential and not for distribution
  7. 7. Introduction to IPv6 ● The need is clear, for the internet to continue to grow ● Formally since 1999, so it’s not new ● Most books written are early to mid 2000’s ● Most equipment manufactured since 2005 are IPv6 capable ► Software VS Hardware is a concern ● Most commercial software packages are IPv6 capable6 Lumenate, LP. Technical Insight for Responsible Business | Confidential and not for distribution
  8. 8. Benefits to IPv6 ( to list a few ) ● LARGER ADDRESS SPACE ► Yes Yes we get it more IP addresses… ● EASIER CLIENT CONFIGURATION ► Stateless address autoconfiguration (SLAAC) , DHCPv6 ● BETTER MULTICAST CAPABILITIES ► One to Many conversations just got better ( such as digital tv ) ● BETTER NATIVE SECURITY ► Encryption and Authentication are no longer add ons ● JUMBOGRAMS ► The payload can be drastically increased7 Lumenate, LP. Technical Insight for Responsible Business | Confidential and not for distribution
  9. 9. If it’s bigger and better then what’s all the fuss about? ● Scale ● “Most” ● Complexity ● Nat ● Access-lists ● Custom written Software ● Time8 Lumenate, LP. Technical Insight for Responsible Business | Confidential and not for distribution
  10. 10. What you need to do in 2011 ● Inventory your Hardware/Software ● Assess your HW/SW for IPv6 capability ● Identify Gaps in HW/SW ● Budget for New Hardware / Software upgrades for 2012 ● Get your engineers some IPv6 training ● Introduce IPv6 to an isolated Development environment ● Define a rollout strategy ● Start a project plan9 Lumenate, LP. Technical Insight for Responsible Business | Confidential and not for distribution
  11. 11. What you need to be aware of ● There are numerous strategies for an IPv6 migration. The most widely accepted methodology with IPv4 depletion having already happened is described as “DUAL STACK”. ● IPv6 is not an upgrade to IPv4, they are separate. ● They can work together, called Dual Stack ● Each can be tunneled inside the other, 4 to 6, 6 to 4 ● They will both be in use for years to come10 Lumenate, LP. Technical Insight for Responsible Business | Confidential and not for distribution
  12. 12. The X factor: your software ● If your company writes software, this is your X factor. ● I’ve heard every horror story you can imagine ● Time is money ● Labor for coding isn’t free ● Testing isn’t free11 Lumenate, LP. Technical Insight for Responsible Business | Confidential and not for distribution
  13. 13. What does Lumenate recommend Outbound Only ● Talk to your Internet Service Provider ● Make sure your Operating Systems are up to date ● Dual Stack VS Proxy Inbound ● Talk to your Internet Service Provider ● Check everything in the path from external to content ● DUAL STACK12 Lumenate, LP. Technical Insight for Responsible Business | Confidential and not for distribution
  14. 14. SUMMARY ( time for action ) What you need to do ● Talk to your IT staff. ● Have they started? ● Do they have a plan? What to be aware of ● What is your exposure both Hardware and Sofware What you need to budget for. ● Equipment ● Upgrades ● Maintenance renewals ● Labor13 Lumenate, LP. Technical Insight for Responsible Business | Confidential and not for distribution
  15. 15. Questions? Come see us in Booth 516 Email me @ Trevis.Edgeworth@Lumenate.com Email sales @ Sales@Lumenate.com14 Lumenate, LP. Technical Insight for Responsible Business | Confidential and not for distribution

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