Is your network IPv6 ready?

By Mandar Ghogale, Technical Marketing Engineer

Aruba UXI sensors now provide visibility for IPv6 to show DHCPv6, DNS64/NAT64 and SLAAC configurations, applications performance and much more.

To reach any website over the internet you need an IP address. IPv4 have been serving transactions on the internet for more than four decades now; however, with growing demand for efficient internet, IPv4 address exhaustion scenarios, and the need for interoperability of IPv6 endpoints, organizations are transitioning their networks to support an IPv6 strategy and are looking for the same control and visibility over IPv6 network that they have been getting on IPv4.

Cognizant of this growing demand, Aruba UXI has launched support for IPv6 networks, providing precise network performance visibility in an IPv6 environment.

IPv6 functionality in Aruba UXI sensors allows you to:

  • Use UXI sensors to test IPv4 and IPv6 networks
  • Measure and compare network and application performance
  • Pinpoint issues in either the IPv4 or IPv6 stack
  • Ensure the network is ready for dual stack or IPv6 only

With this IPv6 enhancement in UXI, you’ll not only have deeper visibility in IPv6 network stack, but you can now easily compare and manage the transition from IPv4 to IPv6. UXI provides network baselining and trending analysis, along with custom reports and a data push option, which organizations can use to ensure their adoption IPv4 to IPv6 strategy is on track.

Let’s take a hypothetical scenario to understand the application of these features.

A retail customer based in the US was experiencing a high DHCP response time in a few of its stores worldwide, and users were complaining about connectivity issues onsite. To tackle this challenge, the customer decided to deploy a new DHCPv6 server which would cater to all new users accessing applications over the Wi-Fi network in the affected stores. With the help of UXI sensors, the customer created two networks using the network alias feature, setting one to IPv4 and the other to IPv6.

Using the new UXI IPv6 support, the customer performed a stress test on the newly deployed DHCPv6 server. Aruba UXI sensors built a performance baseline for the ‘before’ and ‘after’ network change, and using this data, the customer compared the results of the IPv4 DHCP server vs DHCPv6 server and received assurance that when new users start to receive IPs from this server, it would meet their expectations and lower the DHCP response time.

This support to IPv6 helped customers to compare performance in a dual-stack environment and take appropriate steps to fix end-user digital experience.

DHCP Response Time IPv4

If your network strategy includes migrating some or all your network services to support IPv6 operations, UXI has you covered to make sure that the business strategy is successful. To read more about this feature and configurations related to this feature, read this help article.