Verizon Business to Deploy Next-Generation Internet Protocol Across Company's Global Public IP Network

IPv6 Enables New Services, Applications for Global Organizations



Sep 25, 2007, 01:00 ET from Verizon Business

    BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- With almost two decades
 of experience building one of the most expansive Internet backbones in the
 world, Verizon Business is using its engineering expertise to deploy the
 Internet's next-generation protocol, known as IPv6, on the company's public
 IP network worldwide.
     The deployment, expected to be completed during the next 18 months,
 will permit companies to fully integrate to IPv6, which offers many more
 Internet addresses than the current IPv4 standard. More IP addresses will
 be needed as use of the Internet grows, including the expected connections
 of additional "smart" devices as well as radio transponders for shipping.
     The federal government has already ordered its agencies to become IPv6-
 capable by June of 2008.
     Verizon Business, which began its first phase of deploying IPv6 --
 known as Internet Protocol Version 6 -- on the public IP network in 2004,
 will complete the North America region in 2008 and move into the
 Asia-Pacific and European regions from late 2008 to 2009. The company will
 operate both IPv6 and IPv4, in what is known as a "dual stack" arrangement,
 on its multi protocol label switching (MPLS) network core. The company also
 has deployed IPv6 throughout its network access points (peering facilities)
 where Internet service providers exchange traffic.
     "Verizon Business is among the first global providers to move to an
 IPv6- enabled public IP infrastructure," said Mike Marcellin, vice
 president of product marketing for Verizon Business. "While IPv6 has been a
 hot topic among service providers, government agencies and enterprise
 business customers, many entities are just beginning to research the
 information needed for their migration strategy. With our knowledge and
 expertise, Verizon Business is ready to help its customers plan and
 administer the complex move from IPv4 to IPv6."
     Growing Need for More IP Addresses
     Driving this transformation is the need for more IP address space,
 especially as the use of the Internet grows. In addition to business needs
 and computer connections to the Internet, it is expected there will be a
 demand for other "smart" devices such as refrigerators, washing machines
 and other routine appliances with the ability to connect to the Internet,
 enabling consumers to monitor and control these devises remotely.
     IPv6 will offer advantages over the current IPv4 standard including new
 IP applications, improved network configuration, security, scalability,
 mobility, and enhanced administration and manageability.
     "These advantages are key, and our customers should consider each one
 separately as they create their IPv6 deployment strategies," said
 Marcellin. "Our approach to the IPv6 transition is more than just a network
 technology solution. Our engineering teams are looking at the entire
 Verizon Business organization to ensure we have covered all issues across
 the services, networking and IP portfolio -- essentially anything touching
 the IPv6 migration for our customers."
     When IPv4 was developed more than three decades ago, it was designed to
 facilitate communications among research laboratories, universities and
 government labs, and to accommodate about 4 billion potential Internet
 addresses. As more and more devices connect to the Internet -- including
 billions of mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and radio
 frequency identification (RFID) transponders -- the IPv4 address space will
 ultimately be used up.
     Seeing the need for additional Internet address space, network
 scalability and additional security, Internet network engineers began work
 in the early 1990s to develop the next-generation protocol that resulted in
 the IPv6 standards that many are beginning to implement on global networks
 today.
     "Some customers will want to migrate to IPv6 while supporting the
 legacy IPv4 protocol, and we can help facilitate this by advising customers
 how to smooth the transition to a dual stack configuration of IPv4 and
 IPv6," said Daniel Awduche, a Verizon Business Fellow who manages the
 global Internet engineering organization. "Deployment of IPv6 on the
 Verizon Business global public IP network is being carefully orchestrated
 and allows for co-existence of both protocol versions.
     "We are fully committed to helping our customers work through all the
 technical issues as they transition to IPv6. Our goal is to help customers
 plan for a systematic and cost-effective migration approach. We do not view
 this as an overnight event, but rather a process that will occur over a
 period of time," said Awduche.
     Verizon Business Pioneers IPv6
     Verizon Business is a pioneer in developing and delivering IPv6
 capabilities to the market. In the mid-1990s, Verizon Business (as the
 former MCI) developed a high-speed network called vBNS (very high
 performance backbone network service). This network, which later evolved to
 vBNS+, was one of the first to deploy IPv6 in 1998, and became the second
 network in North America to be allocated production IPv6 address space from
 the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) to be used for live
 production traffic. Today, U.S. government agencies can use the vBNS+
 network to transport IPv6 traffic.
     Verizon Business is working with the U.S. federal government to help
 the agencies meet the Office of Management and Budget's IPv6-mandated
 requirements.
     "We've gained a tremendous amount of experience and competence working
 with IPv6 during the past decade, and that is helping us meet our
 customers' network needs today," said Awduche. "We've implemented IPv6 on
 vBNS+, our Internet peering facilities and across an overlay network for
 the public Internet.
     "Our active involvement in the Internet Engineering Task Force (ITEF)
 developing standards, our ongoing participation with IPv6 test beds like
 Moonv6, and our experience helping enterprise and government customers make
 the IPv4 to IPv6 transition keep Verizon Business at the forefront of IP
 evolution," said Awduche.
     About Verizon Business
     Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ), is a
 leading provider of advanced communications and information technology (IT)
 solutions to large business and government customers worldwide. Combining
 unsurpassed global network reach with advanced communications, security and
 other professional service capabilities, Verizon Business delivers
 innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.
 For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com.
     VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches
 and biographies, media contacts, high quality video and images, and other
 information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web at
 www.verizon.com/news. To receive news releases by e-mail, visit the News
 Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news
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SOURCE Verizon Business
    BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- With almost two decades
 of experience building one of the most expansive Internet backbones in the
 world, Verizon Business is using its engineering expertise to deploy the
 Internet's next-generation protocol, known as IPv6, on the company's public
 IP network worldwide.
     The deployment, expected to be completed during the next 18 months,
 will permit companies to fully integrate to IPv6, which offers many more
 Internet addresses than the current IPv4 standard. More IP addresses will
 be needed as use of the Internet grows, including the expected connections
 of additional "smart" devices as well as radio transponders for shipping.
     The federal government has already ordered its agencies to become IPv6-
 capable by June of 2008.
     Verizon Business, which began its first phase of deploying IPv6 --
 known as Internet Protocol Version 6 -- on the public IP network in 2004,
 will complete the North America region in 2008 and move into the
 Asia-Pacific and European regions from late 2008 to 2009. The company will
 operate both IPv6 and IPv4, in what is known as a "dual stack" arrangement,
 on its multi protocol label switching (MPLS) network core. The company also
 has deployed IPv6 throughout its network access points (peering facilities)
 where Internet service providers exchange traffic.
     "Verizon Business is among the first global providers to move to an
 IPv6- enabled public IP infrastructure," said Mike Marcellin, vice
 president of product marketing for Verizon Business. "While IPv6 has been a
 hot topic among service providers, government agencies and enterprise
 business customers, many entities are just beginning to research the
 information needed for their migration strategy. With our knowledge and
 expertise, Verizon Business is ready to help its customers plan and
 administer the complex move from IPv4 to IPv6."
     Growing Need for More IP Addresses
     Driving this transformation is the need for more IP address space,
 especially as the use of the Internet grows. In addition to business needs
 and computer connections to the Internet, it is expected there will be a
 demand for other "smart" devices such as refrigerators, washing machines
 and other routine appliances with the ability to connect to the Internet,
 enabling consumers to monitor and control these devises remotely.
     IPv6 will offer advantages over the current IPv4 standard including new
 IP applications, improved network configuration, security, scalability,
 mobility, and enhanced administration and manageability.
     "These advantages are key, and our customers should consider each one
 separately as they create their IPv6 deployment strategies," said
 Marcellin. "Our approach to the IPv6 transition is more than just a network
 technology solution. Our engineering teams are looking at the entire
 Verizon Business organization to ensure we have covered all issues across
 the services, networking and IP portfolio -- essentially anything touching
 the IPv6 migration for our customers."
     When IPv4 was developed more than three decades ago, it was designed to
 facilitate communications among research laboratories, universities and
 government labs, and to accommodate about 4 billion potential Internet
 addresses. As more and more devices connect to the Internet -- including
 billions of mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and radio
 frequency identification (RFID) transponders -- the IPv4 address space will
 ultimately be used up.
     Seeing the need for additional Internet address space, network
 scalability and additional security, Internet network engineers began work
 in the early 1990s to develop the next-generation protocol that resulted in
 the IPv6 standards that many are beginning to implement on global networks
 today.
     "Some customers will want to migrate to IPv6 while supporting the
 legacy IPv4 protocol, and we can help facilitate this by advising customers
 how to smooth the transition to a dual stack configuration of IPv4 and
 IPv6," said Daniel Awduche, a Verizon Business Fellow who manages the
 global Internet engineering organization. "Deployment of IPv6 on the
 Verizon Business global public IP network is being carefully orchestrated
 and allows for co-existence of both protocol versions.
     "We are fully committed to helping our customers work through all the
 technical issues as they transition to IPv6. Our goal is to help customers
 plan for a systematic and cost-effective migration approach. We do not view
 this as an overnight event, but rather a process that will occur over a
 period of time," said Awduche.
     Verizon Business Pioneers IPv6
     Verizon Business is a pioneer in developing and delivering IPv6
 capabilities to the market. In the mid-1990s, Verizon Business (as the
 former MCI) developed a high-speed network called vBNS (very high
 performance backbone network service). This network, which later evolved to
 vBNS+, was one of the first to deploy IPv6 in 1998, and became the second
 network in North America to be allocated production IPv6 address space from
 the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) to be used for live
 production traffic. Today, U.S. government agencies can use the vBNS+
 network to transport IPv6 traffic.
     Verizon Business is working with the U.S. federal government to help
 the agencies meet the Office of Management and Budget's IPv6-mandated
 requirements.
     "We've gained a tremendous amount of experience and competence working
 with IPv6 during the past decade, and that is helping us meet our
 customers' network needs today," said Awduche. "We've implemented IPv6 on
 vBNS+, our Internet peering facilities and across an overlay network for
 the public Internet.
     "Our active involvement in the Internet Engineering Task Force (ITEF)
 developing standards, our ongoing participation with IPv6 test beds like
 Moonv6, and our experience helping enterprise and government customers make
 the IPv4 to IPv6 transition keep Verizon Business at the forefront of IP
 evolution," said Awduche.
     About Verizon Business
     Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ), is a
 leading provider of advanced communications and information technology (IT)
 solutions to large business and government customers worldwide. Combining
 unsurpassed global network reach with advanced communications, security and
 other professional service capabilities, Verizon Business delivers
 innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.
 For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com.
     VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches
 and biographies, media contacts, high quality video and images, and other
 information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web at
 www.verizon.com/news. To receive news releases by e-mail, visit the News
 Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news
 releases.
 
 SOURCE Verizon Business

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