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The transition from IPv4 to IPv6 has been a significant step in the evolution of the Internet. Recent discussions in the industry indicate the development of another IP version, known as IPv6+.
Introduction to IPv6+
IPv6+ is being discussed as the successor to IPv6. Industry experts believe that IPv6+ will have a significant impact on how businesses communicate, both internally and with their customers.
A webinar titled “Transform your IP network for the 5G and Cloud Era” was held by the IPv6 Forum, OMDIA, and Huawei on April 15th, 2020. The event was hosted by Mr. Latif Ladid, Founder and president of the IPv6 Forum and Chairman of the ETSI IPv6 Integration Industry Specification Group. The webinar saw participation from experts across various sectors.
IPv6+ is described as the next version of IPv6, designed specifically for the infrastructure of the 5G network and cloud era. It combines the features of IPv6 with AI and other protocol innovations.
The introduction of IPv6+ is seen as a response to the need for enhanced functionalities such as path planning, quick service provisioning, automatic Operations and Maintenance, quality visualization, Service Level Agreement assurance, and application awareness. The goal is to improve business efficiency and increase revenue.
IPv6+ is also designed to work seamlessly with 5G networks, ensuring efficient segmentation for different business services. The integration of IPv6+ with AI is expected to optimize Operations and Maintenance across various sectors, leading to cost savings.
Transitioning to IPv6+
For businesses considering the move to IPv6+, the following steps are recommended:
- Adopt IPv6: Start by moving from IPv4 to IPv6. Platforms like IPv4.deals can assist in buying, selling, or leasing IPv4 addresses.
- Work with IPv4 Brokers: Engage with IPv4 Broker Service Providers to get appropriate prices for IPv4s, following guidelines from RIRs such as ARIN, RIPE, and APNIC.
- Upgrade with Expert Providers: Collaborate with established IPv4 and IPv6 Hosting Providers for a smooth transition to IPv6.
- Integrate with Advanced Technologies: After upgrading to IPv6, businesses can further integrate with AI, 5G, and Cloud technologies to enhance operational efficiency and revenue generation.
The development and adoption of IPv6+ represent a significant advancement in the internet’s evolution. With features tailored for the 5G and cloud era, IPv6+ aims to meet current network requirements and prepare for future challenges. Proactive adoption of this technology will position businesses to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the next-generation internet.