The depletion of IPv4 and the arrival of IPv6 imply a significant risk for the business continuity of those companies that require contacting their customers directly through Internet applications. A customer may want to check his account balance from a smartphone from any part of the world, or to make a hotel reservation in India from a computer at home, or even continue sending email to any other user in the world.
For years, Internet applications have not stopped growing in quantity and complexity, creating the Internet 2.0 we now know. The number of Internet users has also grown, mainly due to the adoption of smartphones, the development of Wi-Fi/3G/LTE networks, universal band, etc.
Finally, in February 2011, IANA (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) reported the IPv4 address space exhaustion, now managed locally through Regional Internet Registries (RIR) in collaboration with the different telecommunications carriers (in Europe, with Telefónica, Vodafone, Orange, BT, etc.).
And things look worse in Asia, the geographical area with the most significant economic development thanks to China and India.
The impact of hundreds of millions of people in China and India adopting the consumption habits of developed countries can be huge. And the ITC industry will not be foreign to this, as shown by the significant impact the incorporation of these markets has been having, and its acceleration of the end of IPv4 addresses.
About 250 million new mobile connections are estimated globally, with 5.6 billon currently at an 11% annual growth, according to Gartner.
Of all these connections, the majority are physical individuals with one or more mobile devices. For 2015, nonetheless, it is estimated that the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market will make up a demand equivalent to 25 billion mobile connections. This is 5 times the total worldwide connections we have today.
Therefore, if there are no more IPv4 addresses available, the question is: What would all users in Asia and Latin America, who now demand more Internet connections through their smartphones, Wi-Fi connections, etc. to access online banking, online gaming, social networking, etc. do? How is this emerging M2M market going to grow?
This is no longer about using NAT techniques or any other technique attempting to increase the efficiency of the IPv4 protocol. This is a deeper problem related to economic development in the world, population, and the access to Internet, which compromises the business model created around the Internet.
IPv6 implies more benefits in addition to the huge new address space:
Our organization has been participating and working on IPv6 for several years. We recognize the significance of this imminent change and we know that, sooner or later, we will all have to adapt our infrastructures to this new model.
Alhambra-Eidos has done so several years ago and now has all its service infrastructures available in the IPv6 modality:
|Services and infrastructure of the communications area|
|Firewalls // VDOM|
We offer a series of services to organizations like yours in order to help adapt your business to the world of IPv6:
|Networks and systems||Training|
Public // external infrastructure
Full infrastructure: internal networks, user computers, VPN, etc.
Your own IPv6 courses in Alhambra-Eidos with IPv6Forum certification
Training of your technical staff