June 6, 2012
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Keeping Up With IPv6
Happy World IPv6 Day! Today, the Internet moves to the next generation … well sort of. Today at the very least is another step and one that the mobile worker has to be aware of. Last year we wrote that it was time to start evaluating and implementing IPv6, the new standard protocol for the Internet. And last year, on World IPv6 Day, hundreds of Internet companies started their evaluation process with a stress test. This year, the hope is that the test becomes the rule and IPv6 lives alongside IPv4.
To recap, due to IPv4 address exhaustion, we are in the beginning stages of a transition period from IPv4 to IPv6. During that period, a mobile worker needs to accommodate both Internet Protocol versions, more so after today than ever before. IPv6 is, as of today, no longer the future and is firmly the present.
SafeMove can help the mobile worker during this time of transition. Safemove uses a process called tunneling, which lets data move between IPv4-only networks to dual-stack networks (which offer both private IPv4 addresses, as well as globally routable IPv6 addresses). Tunneling allows the mobile worker to reach his network remotely and securely, while switching connections and not losing data.
Here is the analogy we used last year, which is still our favorite tunneling analogy: “SafeMove tunneling works like the Channel Tunnel between England and France. Vehicles (cars) are put inside other vehicles (trains) so that the cars can access places they otherwise couldn't. In the case of the mobile worker, the vehicles are all IP packets and SafeMove tunnels information across firewalls and connections, while keeping it secure and intact.”
SafeMove has always been committed to making the life of a mobile worker easier, allowing the mobile workforce to stay connected and secure with no thought or concern. We have been prepared for the realities of a IPv6/IPv4 world for years and can navigate the changing terrain easily, so mobile workers don’t have to. World IPv6 Day, even though it is quite a cool day for us nerds, should pass as uneventfully as any other to the mobile workforce, and that means we have done our jobs.
Stay tuned for our next update on what SafeMove has to do with IPv6…