IPv6 and Dual Stack Networks  

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IPv6 is the newest version of the Internet Protocol (IP), as defined by the IETF standards committee. IPv6 will eventually replace IPv4, the current protocol.

A Dual Stack Network is a network in which all nodes are both IPv4 and IPv6 enabled.

Why is IPv6 Important?

IPv6 addresses are 128 bit (compared to 32 bit with IPv4). This added length allows for a much lengthier address, and as such a vastly larger number of unique addresses compared to the IPv4 standard. All businesses and corporations must eventually move to the IPv6 standard, and some have already done so.

In order to remain current, and able to accept communications from all IP addresses, a business must be able to accept IPv6 communications. A dual stack network is the easiest way to do this.

Which Users Should Start Supporting Dual Stack?

Businesses and corporations that wish to deploy IPv6 addresses on their network should support dual stack. Businesses and corporations with IPv6 enabled devices on their network should support dual stack, and businesses and corporations wishing to commence IPv6 deployment and/or trials should emply dual stack.

Dual Stack Network versus IPv4 and IPv6 Networks

Dual stack networks allow for the use of both standards. This allows devices, customers and suppliers to all connect with a business over both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. Dual stack networks are highly flexible at providing solutions to all network addresses.

Benefits of a Dual Stack Network


  • No need for tunneling mechanisms on internal networks 
  • IPv4 and IPv6 run independent of each other 
  • Supports the migration of applications, endpoints and networks

More Information on IPv6 Migration:

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