Learn the fundamentals of the IPv6 protocol and its implementation and how the Internet of Things (IoT) will make this a necessary transition in your business

IP (Internet protocol): is the mechanism that is used to uniquely identify (address) a device that is connected to a network (private or public Internet).  The importance is that EVERY device on the public internet needs a UNIQUE address.  The existing addressing protocol on the Internet is IPv4 and it is running out of addresses.  IPv5 was scrapped and IPv6 is the successor protocol to IPv4.  The uptake of v6 has been slow (it is a complex to transition from v4 to v6) but with the Internet of Things (IoTs) –  where the number of devices connected to networks is going to grow exponentially over the next 4 years – IPv6 functionality is going to be essential.  There is a large skills gap that is going to be needed to be bridged and hence the need for training staff in IPv6.

IPv6 for IoT

Why should the Internet of Things care about IPv6? Many answers can be given to this question, and thus, there are several arguments that show IPv6 will be (and actually it is already) a key enabler for the future  Internet of Things:

  • The creation of IPv6, and its slow replacement of IPv4, has been a huge and critical innovation for the future of internet communications.
  • The primary function of IPv6 is to allow for more unique TCP/IP address identifiers to be created, now that we’ve run out of the 4.3 billion created with IPv4. This is one of the main reasons why IPv6 is such an important innovation for the IoT. Internet-connected products are becoming increasingly popular, and while IPv4 addresses couldn’t meet the demand for IoT products, IPv6 gives IoT products a platform to operate on for a very long time.
  • There are dozens of reasons why IPv6 is superior to IPv4 (and why this new internet protocol is important for companies to understand), but we’re zeroing in on IPv6 for IoT. Let’s take a look at three of the distinct advantages it offers.
  1. Security
  2. Scalability
  3. Connectability

The next generation Internet Protocol, IPv6, will take the TCP/IP protocol into the 21st century. IPv6 provides larger addresses, simplified address configuration options, optimized routing and support for new applications designed to overcome current limitations. In this course, experienced internetworking professionals gain the knowledge and skills they need to understand the basics of the functionality, implementation and migration from existing IPv4 networks to the new IPv6 protocol.

This course provides an overview of the core functions of the IPv6 protocol. The Introduction to IPv6 course is a combination of lecture based training and practical exercises that provide the course attendees with the opportunity to apply the concepts that they are learning.

Course Contents

Why IPv6?
Problems with IPv4
Why not just change IPv4?
What is Driving the Market for IPv6?
IPv6 Protocol Overview
Address Architecture
Review of IPv4 Addressing IPv6 Address Architecture
Packet Formats
IP Control Plane Protocols
Address Autoconfiguration
Enabling IPv6
DNS and IPv6
IPv6 Routing
IPv6 Mobility
IPv6 Security
IPv6 QoS
Transition Scenarios
Deploying IPv6 in Service Provider Networks
Deploying IPv6 in the Enterprise

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