Infoblox Introduces 6Map Free Tool for Network Admins
The guiding principles behind 6Map reflect the shift in moving to IPv6, and include planning for the number of subnets, not the number of host addresses.Infoblox introduced 6Map, a free interactive tool to help network administrators and network architects get started with planning the transition from IPv4 to IPv6. The existing IPv4 standard allows for only 4.3 billion Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, which are used to individually identify Internet-connected devices such as computers, servers, smart phones and tablets using numeric codes. There are an almost infinite number of IPv6 addresses, and the smallest allocation for individual businesses is 281 trillion times greater than the total number of IPv4 addresses. "The exhaustion of available IPv4 addresses is a global issue on a planet with 7.2 billion people, many of whom are seeking more and more connectivity. While a solution is in place with the vast ocean of IPv6 addresses, they are difficult to understand or compare," Tom Coffeen, chief IPv6 evangelist at Infoblox, told eWEEK. The guiding principles behind 6Map reflect the shift in moving from IPv4 to IPv6. This includes planning for the number of subnets, not the number of host addresses.
With IPv6, there is no need for conservation to ensure sufficient host addresses. The smallest unit for IPv6 planning, therefore, is a subnet.