IP version 6 or IPv6 is set to breakthrough worldwide. With the supply of IPv4 addresses almost having run out, ever more organisations are migrating to IPv6. It is vital to have a well-thought out migration strategy. SURFnet will be happy to help you develop your strategy.

Fewer IPv4 addresses

The main reason for migrating to IPv6 is often said to be that more IP addresses will become available as a result. While this is undoubtedly true, the majority of SURFnet's member institutions themselves have sufficient IPv4 addresses to see them through the coming period. So why is migration to IPv6 so important?

Ensuring access to online services

There already is a major scarcity of IPv4 addresses on other parts of the internet, which is why only IPv6 addresses are used in these areas. If you also use IPv6, access to all your internet services, including those for mobile devices, will therefore be guaranteed in the future. The ever-growing number of mobile devices will increasingly be developed for IPv6 only.

SURFnet supports IPv6

The SURFnet network has been supporting both IPv4 and IPv6 since 2001. SURFnet is working jointly with the National IPv6 Task Force to provide information about IPv6. To enable institutions to acquire knowledge and experience of IPv6, SURFnet supports institutions as follows:

  • SURFnet provides practically oriented IPv6 workshops and seminars.
  • SURFnet publishes practical documents on IPv6, such as a business case (PDF) for IPv6, a manual for drawing up a numbering plan (PDF) and a manual for IPv6 web server configuration. All documents about IPv6 can be found here.
  • SURFnet organises interactive meetings for ICT support staff, administrators and managers relating to problems and developments surrounding IPv6.
  • SURFnet provides on-site technical support to help you implement IPv6 in your organisation. View the basis for the action plan for IPv6 implementation , as recommended by SURFnet.

Perform the IPv6 check

Are you using IPv6? Find out with the IPv6 check on internet.nl.

Start date
01 Jan 2009