Infoblox provides free tool for IPv6 migration
Networks specialist introduces 6Map, aimed at admins, architects planning transition to next-gen
Network infrastructure and security specialist Infoblox today announced the launch of a free IPv6 "starter" tool, to help enterprises with the migration process.
Infoblox 6Map is designed for admins and network architects planning the transition from IPv4 to IPv6. It can be downloaded at www.infoblox.com/6map.
The maximum number of unique IPs available under IPv4 is around 4.295bn (or 4.295 x 109), but the number of IPs available for public use is around 3.7bn. Under IPv6, 3.4 x 1038 addresses are available. This is 34 with 37 zeros after it, or 340 undecillion, with the public-use figure sitting at around 42 undecillion.
Infoblox 6Map, the company said, will assist enterprises in capitalising on the "shift from famine to feast in moving from IPv4 to IPv6". It is an online service that uses a question-and-answer format to create a printable map showing how IPv6 addresses might be assigned throughout an enterprise network.
"Plan for the number of subnets, not the number of host addresses," Infoblox said in a statement. "With IPv6, there is no need for conservation to ensure sufficient host addresses. [Enterprises can] leave at least one-fourth of subnet address blocks unassigned and in reserve for future use."
"Coming up with an IPv6 address framework is one of the most important initial tasks for any organisation starting down the path to IPv6 adoption, and we hope Infoblox 6Map is a helpful first step," said Tom Coffeen, chief IPv6 evangelist at Infoblox. "IPv6 provides a foundation that opens up networks to future opportunities such as cloud architecture and the Internet of Things, and Infoblox is committed to providing enterprise-grade solutions for easily and automatically managing IPv6 deployments."