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Create the Right IPv6 Road Map for Your Organization

Published: 25 September 2013

ID: G00251994

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner , Neil Rickard


The number of IPv6-connected devices is growing, and enterprises that cannot communicate with them risk financial and reputational damage. However, IPv6 migrations are expensive, so network planners must create a road map, balancing costs and benefits, tailored to their enterprise.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Identify Which IPv6 Drivers Affect Your Organization, and Use Them to Determine Sequencing and Timing of Your IPv6 Road Map
    • Ensuring an Appropriate User Experience for Public Internet Services
    • Complying With Government Directives
    • Aggressive Promotion of IPv6 by Vendors
    • The Internet of Things
    • Evolving BYOD Needs
    • Opportunistic Initiatives and Refresh Cycles
  • Obtain Executive Sponsorship and Funding to Ensure Success of IT Organization's IPv6 Adoption Efforts
    • Recognizing IPv6 as an IT-wide Challenge
    • Enabling IPv6 Hardware and Software Support
    • Identifying Embedded IPv4
    • Understanding Feature Parity
    • Ensuring Application Performance
    • Securing IPv6
    • Avoiding Underestimation of the Expense of Migration Activities
    • Utilizing Phased Rollout of IPv6 to Reduce Costs
  • Define a Road Map for Your IT Organization for Adopting IPv6 With IT-wide Participation
    • Strategy and Planning Activities
    • Implementation and Deployment Activities

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