Verizon’s has introduced a service to convert networks to IPv6, anticipating that large organizations will soon need help with such projects.
“Designed by Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), IPv6, is the replacement for the current protocol girding the Internet, IPv4. Since it was a 32-bit address space, IPv4 can support only about 4 billion Internet addresses, whereas IPv6, with its 64-bit address space, can host a billion billion billion billion addresses (3.4×1038).”
Verizon will walk organizations through an IPv6 implementation in three phases:
In the first phase, Verizon will assess if the current equipment and software is capable of communicating in IPv6, and see how the components will factor into the migration path.
The second phase involves drawing up a plan to transition to IPv6. Verizon will develop an architecture, a step-by-step deployment phase as well as test cases and success criteria.
The final phase is the implementation, including software configuration, fine-tuning and even training of the network administrators and managers.
Verizon’s offering the service initially to large and midsized companies. An implementation could take a large organization from several months to a year or longer. They don’t have to be subscribed to Verizon’s network services.