IPv6 Transition Guidance

CIO Council
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This document is composed of five chapters: Introduction, IPv6 Overview, Integrating IPv6 into the Enterprise Architecture, Understanding Key Transition Elements, and Governance.

The first chapter, Introduction, provides background information and discusses purpose and scope.

The second chapter, IPv6 Overview, provides a background on the emergence of IPv6, and an explanation of the features, benefits, and challenges of introducing IPv6 into the networking environment.

The third chapter, Integrating IPv6 into Enterprise Architecture Planning, describes the process for integrating IPv6 into the agencies strategic planning and enterprise architecture activities. This chapter also discusses key EA deliverables.

The fourth chapter, Understanding Key Transition Elements, provides detailed “best practices” and recommendations in several of the most critical aspects of IPv6 transition. These areas are those relevant to a Federal government agency introducing IPv6 into their network environment. These areas are:

  • Networking Infrastructure
  • Address Planning
  • Information Security
  • Transition Mechanisms
  • Standards
  • Training
  • Testing
  • Cost of Transition

Chapter 4 also outlines the suggested content areas for an IPv6 transition plan. Agencies may use the content areas included in this section to shape their own IPv6 transition plans.

The fifth chapter, Governance, details the governance processes supporting the Federal government transition from IPv4 to IPv6.

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