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Prepare my organization for IPv6 migration

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A starter guide to the new internet
5 things you need to know about IPv6

An in-depth look at IPv6
A full presentation on IPv6 and what it means to your business

Most organizations have heard about IPv6 and the need to migrate to a new addressing system for communication devices like tablets and network appliances. But the idea of implementing IPv6 can be confusing and daunting. IT and business managers are asking themselves a number of questions, such as:

  • Why do I need to migrate to IPv6?
  • What does IPv6 mean for my business?
  • What will we need to do to make the transition?
  • What if I am not routing IPv6 traffic in my network?
  • How do I know if IPv6 is running on my current IPv4 network?

While IPv6 migration is not a simple task, Bell can help you build and execute a roadmap that is effective, efficient and aligned with your needs and timelines.

We offer a full complement of IPv6 Professional services that are designed to demystify the migration experience and help you every step of the way – from concept and planning to execution and support. Our phased approach is based on proven methodologies and best practices. When you work with Bell, you also get ongoing support for your current IPv4 environment to ensure minimal disruption to your operations and infrastructure.

Why IPv6?

There has been an explosion in the number of devices that require IP addresses. The growth of IP-based applications, including VoIP and newly emerging machine-to-machine communications, has put an unprecedented demand on the current IPv4 addressing system. IPv4 addresses are now running out, and this can have a significant impact on how you are able to conduct business.

IPv6 is a new protocol that will fully replace IPv4 over time. It offers many benefits for your business, including:

  • A much larger number of available IP addresses
  • Improved support for mobile IP, mobile computing devices and machine-to-machine communications
  • A platform for business continuity and growth
  • Better VoIP communications (mobile IP capabilities are part of the IPv6 standard)
  • Enhanced native security and more flexible encryption standards
  • Enriched monitoring, reporting, tracking, and command and control
  • The ability to connect with/support organizations that are currently IPv6 enabled

Ultimately, IPv6 adoption will allow your business to communicate better in a globally networked world.

The challenges

While Bell will continue to support IPv4, applications will be increasingly built on the IPv6 platform. Even now, some multinational companies have policies and mandates that require IPv6 readiness.

Adopting IPv6 is not a simple process. It must be addressed using a phased approach with careful validation and testing to avoid disrupting the IPv4 network or introducing vulnerabilities.

For the most part, the migration to IPv6 will take considerable planning and time to ensure that you maintain the integrity of your existing applications, networks and systems.

Making the transition

IPv6 will require you to upgrade or replace older equipment, including switches and routers, endpoint devices (e.g., PCs, laptops), firewalls and other security elements, domain name services (DNS) and dynamic host control protocol (DHCP) services.

There are many ways to implement IPv6, so it's essential to develop a migration roadmap and ensure you have the knowledge and expertise on hand to help you through the process.

As with any transition of this magnitude, it's important to begin early. This will allow you to maintain a manageable pace, while lowering costs and potential for errors. Bell has developed a phased IPv6 transition approach that can be customized to meet your timelines and needs. It includes the following deliverables:

  • Network traffic and threat discovery – Identify undetected IPv6-enabled devices running on IPv4 that could attack the network with malicious traffic.
  • Business strategy planning – Determine drivers and business planning requirements.
  • Security training services – Learn how to secure IPv6 networks against threats and attacks, how to analyze and react to denial-of-service attacks, and how to implement security standards and processes to protect the IPv6 network.
  • Readiness services – Get inventories and maps of devices and software, assess what changes are needed, and initiate design.
  • Proof-of-concept/simulation planning – Establish and document the testing environment, and get knowledge transfer for your IT team.
  • Implementation/production piloting – Deploy pilot sites for validating integration across systems and networks.
  • Network optimization support – Manage the incremental changes that IPv6 brings to your infrastructure.
  • Network diagram refresh services – Document network activity changes.

To help you get ready and ensure a smooth transition to IPv6, download A starter kit for the new Internet – 5 things you need to know about IPv6 to begin planning now. For a deeper dive, download the full IPv6 presentation: An in-depth look at IPv6 and what it means to your business.

To get started on developing your IPv6 implementation roadmap, contact your Bell representative today, or request a Bell representative contact you.

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