Migrating Industrial IPv4 Network to IPv6

Technical Abstract

IPv6 has been marketed as a standard enhancement to make the Internet technologies more scalable and capable of addressing more and more devices. Although true, IPv6 offers more advantages than just scalability, including security, improved multicasting, mobility and address abstraction. All of which have an impact on industrial networks.

General adoption of IPv6 has been slow across the board, but it does have growing momentum. Plant floors, being in the adoption phase of standard Ethernet networking, usually exclude IPv6. Migration concepts for industrial protocols and environments are rare.

This paper will review some of the advantages of IPv6 for Industrial applications and some migration concepts from other IT environments on how ODVA members and their customers can adopt the new technology.

Paper and presentation from the 2014 ODVA Industry Conference & 16th Annual Meeting

Xuechen Yang, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Mitesh Dalal, Cisco Systems, Inc.