Adopting IPv6 at Western


Last Reported

April 6, 2021

Estimated Start Date

January 2, 2023

Project Sponsor

Chuck Lanham


The purpose of this project is to prepare the university to retire its IPv4 addresses and adopt IPv6 networking by the December 2025 deadline mandated in WA State OCIO Policy 300.

Every device that connects to a network has a unique address assigned to it.  In the 1980s, a standard called "Internet Protocol Version 4" (IPv4) was implemented for this purpose, and is still in use today.  But because there are so many network-connected devices in the world, and IPv4 addresses are limited to a certain number of digits, the world has effectively run out of new addresses to give.  To fix this problem, a new protocol with longer addresses, IPv6, has been created.

 Project work will require:

* Developing addressing schemes for new IPv6 networks.
* Developing processes and standards for IPv6 network assignments.
* Performing an inventory of all network-based university applications, devices, and services to determine compatibility with IPv6.
* IT staff training on IPv6 concepts and technologies.
* Testing and confirmation of IPv4-IPv6 interoperability.
* Proof-of-concept and piloting of IPv6 networks and technologies.
* Rollout plan for phased implementation of IPv6 networks and retirement of IPv4 networks.
* Full implementation, documentation, and project close-out.

The project should start no sooner than July 1, 2022, and no later than July 1, 2023. We anticipate it will take 12 months to complete.

If you have any questions about this project please feel free to contact Portfolio Director Wanna VanCuren at x2992, or Chris Miller at x4479.