What is IPv6 and How Will it Affect Server Implementation?

 

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Internet Protocol Version 4, the last system put in place, is most likely what your connections are managed by. This protocol defines how data are sent between computers over networks. The Internet, in this case, is defined as a network, and Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) provides a new scheme for structuring and relaying addressing or control information. Packets of data can then be more reliably transmitted across your network. In comparison, IPv4 allowed a maximum address space of 32 bits, while 128 bits is standard for IPv6, exponentially increasing the number of possible addresses, each of which identifies a computer, phone, mobile device, or manage server connected to the Internet.

What does this mean for your business, and the future plans of Cyber Wurx? While business hasn’t been affected all that much by the upgrade, other big players on the Web, such as Google and Amazon, are already supporting IPv6. Depending on your industry and business plan, the additional support may provide a competitive edge as your company looks ready to meet future demands. With the number of businesses using a managed server growing, the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 is inevitable.

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Advantages of IPv6
While audio-visual, IP telephone, e-commerce, and gaming systems are being operated primarily via the Web, these applications benefit from the higher quality of service of IPv6. Quality of service is typically better the lower the data loss and the higher the bandwidth, while the upgraded address identifiers help too. The new IPv6 also supports optimal performance by allowing for a smoother flow of traffic over networks.

As many companies now rely on a mobile workforce, mobility is aided by IPv6. A computer or device can be accessed no matter where it is on a network, even if it moves from one part to another, in which case the location and, therefore, part of the IP address, changes. With the new format, communication with the component in this case is not broken, and assigned addresses, located on network sections called mobile nodes, help keep communication links active.

In addition to service quality and mobility, the new protocol also addresses data encryption at the network level, while authentication of information is also enhanced. This is critical when you use a managed server. The more secure data is, the lower the chances of data theft, virus infection, and other incidents that can lead to a loss of valuable corporate information. In addition, the routing of your data is more efficient, so information is accessed or updated more efficiently.

Among the benefits of IPv6 to your enterprise, the biggest one is undeniably financial. The cost to implement and operate new systems is less, while companies like Cyber Wurx benefit from the lower cost of adding new network components. New clients, and therefore added business, are also easier supported, so all parties benefit from the switch in protocols.