By offering public and private IPv6 addresses, Qwest (NYSE: Q) is cashing in on the emerging opportunity to help enterprise and government agencies make their respective transitions from IPv4 to IPv6 addressing.
Current Qwest iQ networking service customers will be able to leverage the new IPv6 capabilities, including built-in security and its "near-endless" supply of IP addresses. Customers can run IPv4 and/or IPv6 addresses via either a dual stack or native IPv6 modes.
As a transitional strategy, the dual stack option allows customers to simultaneously run both IPv4 and IPv6, while native IPv6 mode allows customers to roll out IPv6 at new locations or on new devices. One of the key benefits of running native IPv6 is that customers will no longer need to run Network Address Translation (NAT), easing the configuration of complex networks and simpler connectivity between peer-to-peer networks.
An obvious target market for Qwest's new IPv6 services are the federal government agencies it serves through the GSA's Networx Universal contract. It was perhaps fitting then that Ed Mueller, Cybersecurity Symposium 2010 conference hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) in Washington, D.C.
As a GSA Networx Universal contract holder, Qwest not only is certified to offer IPv4 and IPv6 capability, but in June the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) certified Qwest to offer Most Trusted Internet Protocol Services (MTIPS) services.
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