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Performance Management for IPv6

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  • SevOne appliance meets U.S. government mandate for all-IPv6 networks
  • Complete IPv6 support eliminates “upgrade-induced” network issues and disruption
  • Unified view of IPv4 and IPv6 networks and devices maintain single pane of glass view
  • Code base built from the ground up to support IPv6 brings stability

IPv6 has become a watchword in IT departments around globe as they have monitored IPv4 depletion and watched the availability of IPv6 solutions. Network administrators have been dutifully buying IPv6 equipment for their new needs and for replacement of retired IPv4 equipment. The result is that many enterprises now have IPv6 networks awaiting IPv6 support in their regional and core networks. What has been missing is the replacement of outdated performance management solutions in these networks to support IPv6.

IPv6 in Performance Management Solutions

Most performance management solutions claim a label of “IPv6 capable” at some level, which generally leaves them far short of native IPv6 support. They often are referring to the ability to report on metrics received via IPv4 connection from devices which are communicating via IPv6 as shown in Figure 4. This level of capability is insufficient to support performance monitoring in true IPv6 environments such as those mandated for United States government networks. Performance management solutions need to be able to natively receive metrics over IPv6. Unfortunately, performance management solutions without native support need a complete rewrite of software connection sockets and network performance traps to receive IPv6. There is often little will by vendors to make the effort or expense needed to implement these changes.IPv6 Network Performance Graph

IPv6 in SevOne Performance Visibility

SevOne designed and built its network performance appliances from the ground up, leveraging the latest networking technology and with the understanding that IPv6 was inevitable. SevOne natively receives IPv6 as shown in Figure 5 to fully function in an IPv6-only, or mixed IPv6/IPv4 dual stack, environment. This solution makes SevOne compliant with U.S. government requirements for IPv6. The purpose-built nature of SevOne’s IPv6 solution also avoids the potential for software bugs and network disruptions that follow from major IPv4 to IPv6 conversion efforts.SevOne integrates directly with IPv6

Significant about the SevOne IPv6 solution is that it is transparent to the network manager. SevOne provides a unified view of IPv6 and IPv4 infrastructure in the same dashboard and reports. The only difference is the representation of IP addresses due to industry standards for display. IPv4 addresses show four decimal octets separated by “.” IPv6 shows up to eight groups of four hexadecimal digits separated by “:” with an abbreviated notation available to eliminate strings of zeros. See Figure 6, with IPv4 addresses circled in the left screen shot and IPv6 addresses circled in the right screen capture. Figure 7 shows a screen capture with a mix of IPv4 and IPv6 addressing in a Netflow report.[[{">

Conclusion

The Internet and networking continue to evolve and grow. There are many key trends that are driving the need for IPv6 adoption, all of which are very much in the forefront of today’s social and business requirements. Trends include cloud computing and virtualization, digital mobile devices, the Internet of things, smart grid, RFID usage, and government requirements. These trends touch, if not deeply penetrate, the businesses of every major network operator from service providers to enterprises and government systems. The need for performance management that fully supports IPv6, along with dual stack IPv6/IPv4 environments, goes right along with these trends and SevOne is at the forefront of Performance Visibility that natively supports IPv6.

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