What is IPv6?
IPv6 is the next generation Internet Protocol (IP) addressing standard, designed to supplement and eventually replace IPv4, the protocol most commonly used today on networks from small local LANs to corporate WANs and the Internet.
The IPv4 address space is exhausted, and at some stage in the not too distant future, IPv6 will become necessary to connect new devices to networks. IPv6 doesn’t just provide a larger address space - IPv6 provides simpler network management with end-device auto-configuration capabilities (particularly for mobile and embedded devices), enhanced security (IPSec is built in), and implementing IPv6 now will ensure that you are ready to connect to services and applications which will be deployed only over IPv6 in the future.
Due to the increased size of the IPv6 address space, and some fundamental changes that have been made to the protocol to remedy issues which became apparent over the lifetime of IPv4, there is important information which needs to be learned in order to successfully plan for and implement IPv6 networks. In March 2014, SAGE-AU and the national platinum event sponsor Megaport ran the IPv6 Roadshow, where IT Professionals were able to participate in a day of professionally developed and presented IPv6 training in each of seven cities across Australia.
IPv6 /48 Allocations for Members!
ITPA is also a member of APNIC, and has been granted an provider-independent IP6 /32 allocation. As part of our efforts to increase the uptake of IPv6, every financial ITPA member is entitled to a /48 allocation from the ITPA provider-independent address space, which they can take to their Internet provider for routing.
The following ISPs (listed alphabetically) have agreed to route IPv6 allocations for our members: