Phase 3/Implementation (Completed)
The Internet operates by transferring data between networks in packets. Every device connected to the network must be identified by a unique internet protocol (IP) address in order to communicate. Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) became the international addressing standard in the early 1980s, but the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) started running out of IPv4 addresses by 2015.
The solution to this problem is a new, more robust, internet standard, IPv6, which will allow for continued expansion of internet-connected devices.
IPv6 will accommodate the need for additional IP address space associated with the increase of wireless mobile devices, smart devices and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the IPv6 project laid the foundation for Phase 3 by analyzing the existing application inventory within WaTech’s infrastructure for IPv6 compatibility and upgrade readiness and developing an IPv6 High-Level Strategy Plan for implementation.
Phase 3 implemented IPv6 using a phased approach beginning with WaTech's Internet Edge, WAN and WaTech Core Network. With Phase 3 now complete, the project team is accepting customer requests for routing their IPv6 networks. If customers are ready to start routing IPv6, they are encouraged to submit a ticket to the WaTech Support Center and the ticket will be routed to the Network Core Engineers work queue for review. WaTech is not responsible for engineering or consultation services to assist agencies with their internal IPv6 migrations. We encourage our customers to utilize an external consultancy service if they require additional assistance with planning their internal network migration to IPv6.
Phase 3 Goals:
- Develop a plan of action to deploy IPv6 within the Internet Edge, WAN, and WaTech Core Network.
- Solidify and validate IP addressing schema.
- Implement IPv6 on WaTech’s Core Network.
- With Phase 3 now complete, WaTech is ready to accept customer IPv6 routing requests.