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Comparing Benefits and drawbacks of pairing IPv6 with storage units
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ThecusOS 5.0 supports IPv6
06/26/2012- Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) isn't just a notion anymore compared to a few years back; IPv6 is becoming a necessity within the network and storage community. To briefly describe, current IPv4 addresses are running out, as network and storage administrators are utilizing more and more IP addresses, there must be a solution to progress. Thus, IPv6 comes into the scene and offers huge benefits but with minor drawbacks depending on the user.

Performance benefits of IPv6

When talking about performance, IPv6 is light years ahead of IPv4. In terms of routers, if the hardware supports IPv6 and the IP address is set up without any problems, routing traffic will be seamless. On the other hand, as mentioned some drawbacks are present, some devices are software based IPv6 which performance isn't on par with hardware based IPv6 devices.

More IP addresses; better quality and security

First, IPv6 provides much more IP address combinations compared to IPv4; this allows for the future to carry on any network access requirements. As a variety of devices utilize IP addresses such as NAS, IPv6 will lead the way and allow network technology to develop.

Data quality and protection is a significant aspect when it comes down to NAS users, and IPv6 offers just that. Better known as IPSec, it offers improved quality and security when utilizing IPv6 with a storage device. With IPv6, data can be encrypted all the way with fewer issues. Thus, users will have confidence and flexibility that their data will have more protection with the benefits of IPv6.

IPv6 address compatibility becoming a standard on future devices

As noted, IPv6 is becoming a necessity within networking administrators. A possible concern about the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 is that consumers with older units most likely will not see any software or hardware updates to IPv6. However, majority of new devices being released on the market currently support IPv6, thus IT admin on the enterprise level probably won't encounter any conflicts. Not to worry, as the IT sphere progresses, consumers can count on IPv6 being standard on future devices as the benefits outweigh the negatives. Furthermore, as IPv4 addresses are being occupied, it is crucial to implement IPv6 to progress with network engineering. Ultimately, IPv6 is truly the next generation internet.

As a final point

In an IPv6 environment, routing traffic is faster and more stable compared to IPv4. Paired with better quality and security, NAS users can choose to encrypt their data from the start to end with IPv6 flawlessly. Lastly, as the IT realm continues to progress, the transition to full IPv6 is set, as IPv4 addresses are no longer available. IPv6 addresses are here to elevate network progress and procedures. 

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