Transition to IPv6†
The Federal government is committed to the operational deployment and use of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). This memo describes specific steps for agencies to expedite the operational deployment and use of IPv6. The Federal government must transition to IPv6 in order to:
- Enable the successful deployment and expansion of key Federal information technology (IT) modernization initiatives, such as Cloud Computing, Broadband, and SmartGrid, which rely on robust, scalable Internet networks;
- Reduce complexity and increase transparency of Internet services by eliminating the architectural need to rely on Network Address Translation (NAT) technologies;
- Enable ubiquitous security services for end-to-end network communications that will serve as the foundation for securing future Federal IT systems; and,
- Enable the Internet to continue to operate efficiently through an integrated, well-architected networking platform and accommodate the future expansion of Internet-based services.