IPv6 Network Addressing: Benefits Case

It would seem that IPv6 should be more of a mandatory change than a beneficial one. IPv6 exponentially increases the number of IP addresses available worldwide. This means that each handheld device, each home appliance, and many more individual items can have their own IP address, allowing communication directly with that particular device.

The University has the opportunity to improve the address allocation and provide more IP addresses with greater ease than we have with IPv4. The very design of the IPv6 address (longer, with network information in the first section and the device's own MAC address for the second section) helps us in these areas. Adoption of IPv6 keeps the University competitive and cooperative with our fellow researchers around the world.