The primary driver for IPv6 was to expand the limited address space of IPv4.While IPv4 consistsof approximately 4 Billion addresses. IPv6 contains so many more addresses that it's practically4
TRANSITION TO IPV6unlimited and requires special attention when designing your network security. These challengesand many more are the cause of slow adaptation of IPv6.Effect of Transition to IPv6 on Cloud ComputingIPv6 will have a greater impact in the underlying physical infrastructure of the virtualenvironmentand cloud computing. According to Micro, (2011), a number of trends are fuelingthe rapidly expanding need for new IP addresses, chief among these are the growth of cloudcomputing. As cloud computing is increasingly becoming popular with common users andbusinesses, non-governmental agencies, the importance of better performance and security andreliability is greater. Ipv6 as the next generation protocol provides superior advantages for cloud computing. It canhandle large number of hosts in complicated network topologies (Gâdescu, 2012). Among thebenefits of IPv6 to cloud computing according to Gâdescu, (2012), are security. “Insecurity isone of the critical issues thatgenerate reluctance to potential customers to make use of cloudcomputing” (Gâdescu, 2012). The fear of losing sensitive data stored on the cloud preventbusinesses form acquiring cloud services. IPv6 has the potential to create a safer environment inwhich data can be exchanged easily with no down side for security. According to Gâdescu,(2012), the mechanism developed to slow down the IPv4 address exhaustion, network addresstranslation (NAT), can be consideredone of the main obstacles that inhibit proper security in thecloud and stop the deployment of addiction protection measures. IPv6 will provide cloud usersbetter security than IPv4.5
TRANSITION TO IPV6Additionally, the IPv6 brings new and advanced technology features that resolve the limitationsfor IPv4, hence it provides faster connectivity, efficient routing and packet processing withunlimited pool of network addresses. This solves the problem of running out of addresses and theavoidance of the Network Address Translation (NAT).
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- IP address, Network address translation, IPv4 address exhaustion