BlueCat also is targeting the enhanced product at U.S. government agencies, which are under a new directive to support IPv6 on their public-facing Web sites by fall 2012. The U.S. market represents approximately 10% of BlueCat's sales, Roy says.
"What the government has learned is that they have to do the planning, modeling and mapping for IPv6 now," Roy says. "We have everything they need to get ready."
Proteus IPAM v 3.5 will be commercially available next Tuesday.
The next release of Proteus IPAM - due out in the first half of 2011 - will add support for DHCPv6.IPv6 is the biggest upgrade in the 40-year history of the Internet. Forward-looking carriers and enterprises are deploying IPv6 because the Internet is running out of IP addresses using the current standard, known as IPv4.
IPv4 uses 32-bit addresses and can support 4.3 billion devices connected directly to the Internet. IPv6, on the other hand, uses 128-bit addresses and supports a virtually unlimited number of devices -- 2 to the 128th power.
About 94.5% of IPv4 address space has been allocated as of Sept. 3, 2010, according to the American Registry for Internet Numbers, which delegates blocks of IPv4 and IPv6 addresses to carriers and enterprises in North America. Experts say IPv4 addresses could run out as early as December but will certainly be gone by the end of 2011
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