(Gawkwire) – 6connect, www.6connect.com, the first network automation platform to help usher in Internet Protocol v6, today announced the release of version 3.0 – with key new features built specifically for the needs of service providers (ISPs). 6connect automates the management of complex IPv6 networks, simplifies short-term IPv4 management challenges, and supports long-term IPv6 operational goals.  A suite of new features in 6connect v3.0 help service providers automate their networks as they transition from IPv4 to IPv6.  

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has exhausted the number of IPv4 addresses. Because IPv6 is not compatible with earlier protocols, it must be run concurrently with IPv4. 6connect v3 manages an IPv4 network to 100% utilization while introducing an entirely new network address schema with IPv6.

First ARIN RESTful Web Services API Integration

6connect v3 integrates to the American Registry for Internet Numbers’ (ARIN) RESTful Web Services API. This allows for full integration with Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) which eliminates many of the manual tasks of obtaining, managing and reporting IP addresses.

Mark Koster of ARIN stated, “6connect is the first IP address management company to successfully use our RESTful API to enable RIR integration features for their customers. We feel this initiative will expand as more companies in our community leverage the resources of this ongoing project.”

6connect v3.0 for ISPs

-RIR integration automates the management of the Shared Whois Project (SWIP) functions, saving network administrators potential hours per day.

-Greatly enhanced security features for Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) eliminates time-consuming and problematic management issues

A History of Assisting Service Providers Run Their Networks

6connect co-founder and CTO, Aaron Hughes, has been building IPv6 networks for private industry and the Federal Government for over 12 years, and is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on IPv6 in the World.

“6connect 3.0 addresses service providers and their unique concerns,” said Aaron Hughes, 6connect co-founder and CTO, “Network Managers can rely on an alternative to Microsoft-based solutions that lack true IPv6 functionality and whose functions were meant for enterprises – not service providers.”

Availability

6connect 3.0 is available immediately at www.6connect.com 

About 6connect

6connect was founded in 2009 to solve the complexity of migrating to and managing IPv6 through network automation tools.  The 6connect suite of software tools includes IPv4 management, steps to migrate to IPv6, and ultimately IPv6 deployment and on-going automated administration.  Clients in production with 6connect IP address management, Domain Name Server (DNS) and peering automation tools include Tier 1 ISPs, global Enterprises, and international organizations. www.6connect.com



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