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Cisco announces new solution for service providers to handle IPv4 depletion

Today, Cisco announced significant enhancements to its Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture that are designed to secure the foundation of the Internet, which must accommodate the exponential increase of connected devices for highly secure, efficient video delivery and collaboration. The new Cisco® Carrier-Grade IP Version 6 (IPv6) solution is aimed to help enable service providers to effectively deal with the bottleneck created by the imminent depletion of IPv4 addresses. The solution complements Cisco’s IPv6 portfolio.

The IPv4 addresses are predicted to be exhausted by sometime in 2011, which is why IPv6 was created. But since the protocols for IPv4 and IPv6 aren’t directly compatible, a solution for migrating the two was essential.

“The Internet is at the tipping point of its industrialization, where we have an exponential increase in the number of connected devices, ” said Kelly Ahuja, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Routing Technology Group at Cisco. “Cisco solutions have been instrumental in the Internet build-out since its inception. With these new IPv6 capabilities to complement our industry-leading IPv6 capable portfolio, we are able to help service providers address their immediate challenges as they preserve and prepare their networks for long-term success, prosperity and business growth.”

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