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Due to the growing number of mobile devices that require connectivity and the global exhaustion of IPv4 addresses, enterprises are making the move to IPv6. As more enterprises develop BYOD strategies to support these devices, IT departments are taking responsibility for a variety of platforms, along with their addressing, management and security. This greatly increases address consumption within an enterprise, creating operational challenges.
IPv6 solves the issue around address consumption and makes it easier to manage individual devices. However, IPv6 is not only for enterprises that run out of IPv4 addresses. Companies that want to stay relevant and competitive should consider IPv6 as an opportunity to build new and innovative services.
Here are three ways that IPv6 will drive innovation:
1. Higher performance and increased efficiencies – IPv6 will enable end-to-end connectivity by removing the address translation methods that break communication, resulting in higher performance for many collaboration applications. For enterprises, it could mean enhanced automation for operational efficiency and improved productivity. End user management for enterprise IT could be more efficient with automation and the ability to use distinctive IP address for all user devices.
2. Enhanced mobility – Mobility is the biggest disruptive technology of the century and is taking communication and collaboration to a new level. IPv6 mobility enhancements and auto-configuration features will enable always-on, always-connected environments for smart devices and create a significant opportunity to introduce machine-to-machine and human-to-machine applications. IPv6 will also offer opportunities to create more granular, personalized services that will go beyond user identification.
3. The ability to scale for the future – IPv6 will enable 3,000 unique IP addresses for every person on Earth. This will help support trends that require many IP addresses, such as mobility, peer-to-peer communications and machine-to-machine communications.
As innovation guru Clay Christensen defines sustaining innovation, IPv6 could deliver performance and operational improvement to existing services and markets. The bigger question is … can IPv6 lead to disruptive innovation by changing the way technology is used for specific applications?
Innovation is not the concept or idea of change. All new and creative ideas need to be implemented and their impacts must be observed to be called innovative. Therefore, innovation is an opportunity for organizations to take the initiative and build IPv6 as an enabler ahead of their competition.