The entire Internet protocol version four address space provides approximately 4.3 billion unique IP addresses. With a current world population of more than 7 billion, that is not enough for even one IP address per person. Since individuals today use multiple methods, such as mobile phones, iPads and laptops, to access Internet content, the number of unique IP addresses required per person has increased significantly. Even more compelling, however, is the proliferation of IP addresses for ubiquitous use in mobile devices, household appliances, automobiles and sensors. Internet protocol version six (IPv6) is the next-generation protocol, designed to support the continued exponential growth in user devices, services and applications that require unique IP addresses to communicate on the Internet.
This white paper is intended to help readers avoid common misconceptions associated with IPv6, identify key areas that require up front monetary investment and determine key concepts that should be captured in an enterprise-wide strategic plan. Lastly, as one of the first to deploy an enterprise Internet protocol address management solution in the defense and intelligence communities, NJVC shares benefits realized from the successful deployment and provides recommendations to maximize the IPAM return on investment.