The transition to IPv6 presents a complex technical challenge, and the business risks for not doing it right are potentially significant, in terms of impact on customer retention and growth, new business models, and competitive edge.
In this third installation of the series, Kelly Ahuja of Cisco and Ray Mota of ACG focus on Service Provider strategies for the transition to IPv6. As Kelly mentions, the Cisco Carrier-Grade IPv6 Solution (CGv6) is designed to help address both technical and business challenges associated with the transition. The Cisco CGv6 portfolio of IPv6 solutions enables service providers to:
- Preserve investments in IPv4 infrastructure, assets, and delivery models
- Prepare for the smooth, incremental transition to IPv6 services that are interoperable with IPv4
- Prosper through accelerated subscriber, device, and service growth that are enabled by the efficiencies that IPv6 can deliver
It’s important to emphasize the word solution. CGv6 solution is not just a line card, or a network appliance, or a software feature. Unlike other companies Cisco has the experience and expertise to help network operators realize the promise of IPv6 by offering full Life Cycle Services Support. This is especially important as not all operators have experience in IPv6 or access to this expertise. Cisco can provide the people, processes and tools to ensure a seamless transition. Some of the capabilities our advanced services team provides include:
- Readiness Assessment
- Business Planning
- Network Implementation and Planning
- Deployment and Operations
Network management is another area in which Cisco is facilitating the transition. Cisco Prime for Service Providers helps enable comprehensive management of IP Next-Generation Networks, and mobility, video, and managed services. It’s designed to help operators fully leverage investments in network architecture and technologies to support both today’s requirements, while providing the framework to evolve over time to meet changing customer and business needs.
Another transition management tool is Prime Registrar 8.0 – the new Cisco platform (IP Address Management, DHCP, and DNS,) which provides complete IPv4 to IPv6 support and offers seamless IPv4 to IPv6 Migration and management functionality. Address management, with robust DHCP/DNS capability, is a cornerstone of reliable IP-network deployment, and it’s clear that for Service Providers there is no “one size fits all” solution to IPv6 transition. While various approaches are available, Service Providers need to tailor their strategy to meet their own unique set of business and architectural priorities to address common IP networking issues. Cisco Prime Registrar is just the tool that enables this type of flexibility.
This four part video series coverage will continue, as we highlight the service provider transition to IPv6.