How does IPv6 affect support for hybrid cloud services customers?

Hybrid cloud services customers have specific needs surrounding IPv6 support, and many providers aren't meeting them, Ciprian Popoviciu says.

How does IPv6 affect a provider's ability to support hybrid cloud customers?

Let me start with an example: Last year, one of Nephos6's large enterprise customers wanted to do a proof-of-concept for IPv6-enabled hybrid cloud services. We had a hard time finding a good cloud provider with the necessary IPv6 support. When it comes to supporting IPv6-enabled hybrid cloud customers, parity with IPv4 would be the rule of thumb in the beginning. I do, however, believe that IPv6 will enable new and significantly more scalable cloud architectures. These solutions will be IPv6-based, not just IPv6-ready; so, as IPv6 deployment expands, cloud providers should monitor the IPv6-specific cloud technology developments. For now, however, parity with IPv4 in both infrastructure and orchestration should be top-of-mind.

This was last published in April 2013

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