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Do I Really Need IPv6? Two Important Reasons to Make the Transition

My previous two posts have been about the address planning process and how to break into the IPv6 integration process. I’ve tried to show that IPv6 is a task that you should be interested in and that it is not an intractable problem. However, I know that some people are still questioning why they would ever want to take this task on. I typically hear comments along the lines of “IPv4 is working for my organization and we’ve got plenty of address space to grow the business. There is nothing interesting on the IPv6 Internet. We don’t need IPv6.” With the successful World IPv6 Launch and over 3500 web sites now IPv6 enabled, the IPv6 Internet has grown in size and demonstrated that IPv6 transport is a viable way to deliver content and services.

I won’t spend too much time discussing it here, but I will remind everyone that IPv4 address depletion is a very real problem. It is not something to be lightly ignored, and it will impact your business and the services you offer whether you like it or not. I see two areas where IPv6 is going to have to be a part of future plans: customer/partner interaction and security.

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Ultimate Performance for the Next Generation Internet… at Work and at Play

Last week we celebrated World IPv6 Day and several of the world’s largest websites and internet service providers—including Facebook and Google—permanently enabled the next-generation Internet, IPv6. This new Internet protocol provides a greater number of addresses to support more people, more companies and more devices—especially given the explosive growth of smartphones and tablets. Time Magazine called the deployment of IPv6 “only the most significant architectural development in the history of the Internet.”

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Need Satellite Managed Services? TCS Adds Cisco Internet Routing in Space to GSA & DISA Acquisition Program

TeleCommunication Systems’ (TCS) OS-IRIS offering has been added to the General Services Administration (GSA) and Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA) contract program, allowing Department of Defense agencies and all other federal agencies to leverage the world’s only operating Internet Routing In Space (IRIS) managed satellite services.

“Now, via the addition to the FCSA contract program, TCS provides agencies in the federal government with easier access to the world’s most advanced routed COMSATCOM solution,” said Michael Bristol, senior vice president and general manager of government solutions at TCS. “This contract also gives these agencies the ability to purchase TCS OS-IRIS services at a very competitive price.”

TCS OS-IRIS is the world’s first commercial service offering of Cisco enabled Internet Routing In Space (IRIS) managed network services. The combination of Cisco IRIS satellite architecture, in addition to TCS global network implementation and support capabilities, brings a new era of true IP end-to-end communications to the satellite industry.

For more information, view the full announcement here:
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=123361&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1701273&highlight=

Visit IRIS for more information.

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IPv6: Enabling the Internet of Things and Smart Grids

The Internet of Things is a fast growing market where IPv6 will play a central role. Cisco has recently delivered a new series of products with very innovate technologies for the energy market with a number of new technologies, all IPv6 based!

Indeed, the new routing protocol for the Internet of Things, RPL, which has been adopted as an international standard by the IETF (RFC 6550) and CoAP, the lightweight resources management protocol specified by the IETF are both IPv6 protocols. With the increasing number of devices connected to IP networks, IPv6 is undoubtedly the protocol of choice for the Internet of things.

A key example of where this comes to play is in Smart Grids.

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DHCPv6 in the Cloud – DHCP Performance Testing and Results

As service providers move to cloud-based services, their IP addressing management system must operate efficiently in the virtualized environment of the cloud.  And within the cloud environment, these systems for DHCP, DNS and IP address management must also be fast. For example, many organizations have expressed a concern that poor DHCP performance could be the weak link when thousands of customers come back online after a failure event.  If DHCP address requests are handled in a slow or scattered manner, servers will not be able to service all requests in a timely fashion.

Another requirement for IP address management systems is support for IPv6, as the depletion of IPv4 addresses has led to many organizations finding themselves facing a rather accelerated and mandatory migration to IPv6 (read: yesterday’s World IPv6 Launch). While one of IPv6’s promises was the elimination of the need for DHCP, the reality is that centralized network management has made DHCPv6 a necessity.  DHCP allows network devices to Read More »

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