Flattening the Internet – what does that mean?

Full disclosure – I am not a network engineer (I am sure those that are can easily tell!!) – I do spend a lot of time with some of the best out there however and something I learned the other day was that the v4 concept of Network Address Translation (NAT) was a “stop gap” intended to extend the lifespan of v4 space – it was not an end unto itself!!

Now, one might ask (for I did): what does that mean?

Well, imagine a world where all things connected on line had a unique IP address (v6 enables that) – this was, incidentally how internet was envisioned at first – that means no more setting up NAT, you’ll have point to point communications without having to alter packets with NAT – this means a “flatter” architecture to Internet at large, a faster internet and far more flexibility and ease of deployment…

What else have you seen that will be reset as v6 is adopted?


3 thoughts on “Flattening the Internet – what does that mean?

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  2. The biggest problem with IPv6 is the addresses are unwieldy and you *really* have to know what you’re doing or you can get mixed up pretty quickly. All the IPv4 address blocks that I use frequently are in my head and I can rattle them off pretty quickly when required. The beauty of RFC1918 space is the complete flexibility to design your internal network without any addressing constraints. IPv6 changes that and won’t be so easy to follow or design without a lot of effort. I make a conscious effort to disable and disallow IPv6 on all my networks to avoid confusion and accidental misconfigurations.

    • You are not alone – I think over time that you’ll be pulled into v6 flattening as it is actually simpler in execution and more secure once implemented properly.

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