The many challenges of IPv6 migration

A transition will vary from organisation to organisation, but the most successful should at least include the following:

Application Survey: Firms need to survey their business applications and understand which ones are or will be IPv6-enabled and which ones aren't. Firms also need to understand how many users are moving to IPv6-enabled devices now and how many will move over the next two to three years. They are the ones that will need seamless access to IPv4 content.

Operational Experience: Organisations need to educate their IT staffs on IPv6 fundamentals and provide them with operational experience running IPv6 networks. This experience is critical in providing them with insights into and understanding of IPv6. The best way to do this is to create a trial environment that can serve to both educate users and allow IT to gain hands-on experience with deploying, managing and creating policies for IPv6 environments. Intelligent IPv6 Transition Appliance: An IPv6-enabled web gateway is the technology that allows firms to move to IPv6 while still enabling applications and users in the IPv4 environment. For example, the Blue Coat IPv6 Secure Web Gateway can seamlessly bridge users operating in one environment.

Tom Brewster

Tom Brewster is currently an associate editor at Forbes and an award-winning journalist who covers cyber security, surveillance, and privacy. Starting his career at ITPro as a staff writer and working up to a senior staff writer role, Tom has been covering the tech industry for more than ten years and is considered one of the leading journalists in his specialism.

He is a proud alum of the University of Sheffield where he secured an undergraduate degree in English Literature before undertaking a certification from General Assembly in web development.