New initiatives like cloud, virtualization and BYOD are creating increased demand for IP address space that cannot be met by IPv4 alone. In addition, global connectivity with customers, partners and suppliers – especially those in emerging markets who have already migrated to IPv6 – and to take advantage of the opportunities provided by IPv6-dependent technologies, – drive the need of organizations for a practical, efficient and reliable transition to IPv6.
“What is important to us is the high degree of reliability of the BlueCat IPAM system. We consider this to be an extremely future-oriented solution because it is based on the latest technologies like IPv6, DHCPv6 and DNSSEC.” Pavel Krel, System Administrator, ProSiebenSat.1
Organizations need to optimize their existing IPv4 networks and develop an IPv6 transition plan. For most, this will include the implementation of a dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 network. IP address management (IPAM) is an essential technology for the optimization of existing IPv4 IP resources, management of a dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 environment, and a successful migration to IPv6.
BlueCat’s solutions support a structured IPv6 transition by breaking the transition down into six critical phases:
Automatically discover all IPv4 and IPv6 resources on your network, identify resource usage and potential security gaps.
Plan your transition based on a deep understanding of your existing networks and address usage.
Create and model IPv6 blocks and networks, including local and global unicast address space, and define IPv4, IPv6 or dual addresses for each host.
Map IPv6 networks and addresses to existing IPv4 devices and track dual-stacked IPv4/IPv6 hosts by DNS name, MAC address or device.
Deploy IPv6-enabled DNS hosts alongside existing IPv4 DNS hosts in a dual stack network.
Simplify the ongoing management of dual-stacked and IPv6 environments with a cohesive, business-centric view of your entire naming and addressing infrastructure, while insulating users and administrators from the complexities of IPv6.