Completed project: IPv6

Primary UITS contact: Jason Mueller

Completed: July 15, 2013

Description: IPv4 address exhaustion is imminent. In fact, on April 14, 2011, Asia allocated the last of its IPv4 addresses. IPv4 address exhaustion has forced some sectors of the domestic network community to use only IPv6 addresses; for example, providers of 4G network services will use IPv6 transport exclusively. We do not want Indiana University's visibility on the Internet to be handicapped by not providing IPv6 transport for outward-facing services, so Indiana University must provide IPv6 connectivity for its major public-facing network services such as www.indiana.edu, email, streaming, and DNS. IPv4 and IPv6 are not compatible, and we must provide IPv6 compatibility for our public-facing network services.

If we do not move forward with this, we risk alienating those who may only have IPv6 capabilities for the items mentioned above. IU is positioned to be a leader in IPv6 adoption, and in the coming months, we should be able to provide IPv6 connectivity for our public-facing network services.

Outcome: IPv6 is not new to the IU network. IU has been running a dual-stacked IPv4/IPv6 network backbone for over eight years, and has a high bandwidth native IPv6 connection to the Internet. This in itself is impressive, and places IU in a small group of organizations that provides IPv6 connectivity for its community. However, we provide very little IPv6 connectivity for our public-facing network services, and this project will change that. Becoming a leader in IPv6 adoption will contribute to IU's overall continued leader status in the IT community.

Milestones and status:

  • June 8, 2011: Participated in IPv6 day; planned and completed tasks that related to participating in it
  • Summer 2011: Added dynamic IPv6 addressing to the IU wired networks at IUPUI and IUB
  • Spring 2012: Added dynamic IPv6 addressing to IU Secure at IUPUI and IUB
  • Spring/Summer 2012: IU to be listed as both a network and website operator for World IPv6 Launch (http://www.worldipv6launch.org/)
  • June 5, 2012: IU to permanently enable IPv6 support to www.iu.edu in participation with World IPv6 Day; Webserve accounts (i.e., www.iu.edu/~account) also to be included

Benefits: We will not have to rely on any third-party IPv6 to IPv4 translation service when students, faculty, or staff travel to an area where IPv6 is the only connectivity. Third-party translation services may provide poor performance to the end user.

Client impact: Students, potential students, faculty, and staff

Project team:

  • D Beals
  • Haiyan Li
  • James Harvey
  • David Greenberg
  • Ian Bobbit
  • Daniel Brazzell
  • Jonny Sweeny
  • Peter Uthuppuru
  • Keith Lehigh
  • Adam McFarren
  • Robert Reynolds
  • David Hunter
  • Robert Freeman-Day
  • Jason Mueller
  • Christopher O'Donnell
  • Shannon Dockter
  • Pete Percival
  • Tim Silvers
  • Jim Topp
  • James Dickerson

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