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Can SDN Help with IPv6 Transitions?

May 5, 2014 by Ixia Blog Team

With the global supply of IPv4 addresses exhausted, the industry has embarked upon a mass migration to IPv6 infrastructures. The two will coexist for decades, requiring upgraded network architectures to support IPv4 and IPv6 technologies in tandem, along with the associated transition/translation mechanisms, while maintaining performance, security, and scalability.

IPv6 migration increases traffic volumes on the network and can introduce latency, delay response times, and compromise providers' ability to meet service level agreements (SLAs). Networks need to be able to efficiently handle both protocols—no matter how heavy the traffic load—without impacting infrastructure resiliency.

With the introduction of new routing technologies such as software defined networking (SDN), an interesting question is whether these advancements can help with IPv6 transitions.

Over at the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) blog, Ixia’s Product Marketing Director Michael Haugh has addressed this very topic. In the post he explorers some of the features of SDN, and how well they adapt and handle IPv6 environments.

Take a moment and click through to the blog post.

Additional Resources:

Ixia’s SDN solutions

Ixia’s IPv6 solutions

ONF blog