With the recent announcement that IANA has allocated its last remaining IPv4 address space to the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), the clock is ticking on availability of new IPv4 address space allocations. Each Regional Internet Registry (RIR) now has a finite amount of IPv4 space to allocate to its “customers”, Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Eventually RIRs will run out of IPv4 space to allocate, and the only address space available to you as a service provider will be IPv6.
The potaroo site, famous for its predictive tracking of the exhaustion of IPv4 space over the last few years, has published a frequency distribution for each RIR indicating for the estimated probability of IPv4 exhaustion by time frame. This chart indicates that the Asia Pacific region will likely be the first to face exhaustion at the RIR level.The Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) appears to be likely to exhaust its IPv4 space before the end of this year! According to the chart, theEuropean region served by the RIPE NCC will exhaust in about a year or so, followed by North America’s ARIN RIR, exhausting in about one and a half to two years. The Latin America and Africa regions, served by LACNIC and AFRINIC respectively, have a relatively long IPv4 lifetime, not likely to exhaust until 2014 or later. As IPv4 address space availability shrinks, requirements for obtaining IPv4 address space from RIRs will become increasingly stringent. But with the continued growth of converged and virtualized IP devices, networks, services and applications, such controls will merely add flow control and only minimally extend the exhaustion date. IPv6 will soon be the only IP address space available for new address space requests. Now is the time to learn about and plan for IPv6!
BT Diamond IP is your source for IPv6 information and service provider solutions
As a service provider, you’ll need to track your existing IPv4 along with new IPv6 allocations ideally in one integrated solution. IP address management (IPAM) products from BT Diamond IP have supported IPv4 and IPv6 since 2003. Our products include IPControl software and Sapphire appliances, both of which enable organizations to manage IPv4 and IPv6 address space logically in accordance with their topology, facilitating a logical hierarchy of address space. Automated address block allocation features enable simple IPv4/IPv6 assignments with a few mouse clicks without the need to manually type in assigned address blocks each time.
Our products have provided customers the following IPv6 feature firsts:
- First IPv4/IPv6 address management solution
- First IPAM solution with best-fit, manual, random and sparse block allocation automation
- First IPAM solution enabling automated ip6. arpa domain definition based on allocated IPv6 address blocks
- First IPAM solution with IPv6 subnet discovery from routers via SNMP
- First appliance solution with IPv4/IPv6 addressable network interfaces
Behind the product innovations, BT Diamond IP staff members have published a vast set of material regarding IPv6 as outlined below. These publications over the years exemplify our thought leadership in the IPv6 address management space.
- Introduction to IP Address Management
- IP Address Management Principles and Practice
- White Papers
- IPv6 Addressing and Management Challenges
- IPv4 to IPv6 Transition and Co-Existence Strategies
- IPv6: What, me worry?
- IPv4-to-IPv6 Transition Strategies
- IPv6 Address Management: Strategies for Success
Contact us today to learn more about how BT Diamond IP can help you learn about and begin planning for IPv6.