Benefits of IPv6 in Cloud Computing
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Efficiency is one of the main focuses of the world, today. As the entire world relies on computers and networks, their efficiency is of utmost importance. Energy, processing power, storage and data access must all be used and offered in a most profitable and economical way possible. The majority of companies and businesses cannot afford the implementation and deployment of huge data centres, for their specific requirements. Thus, from need of efficiency in both business and IT environment, the cloud computing idea emerged: online infrastructures in which clients buy or rent processing power and storage, according to their needs. During the last year cloud computing has become in the new internet evolutionary trend. Due to its material and monetary merits, it has gained increasing popularity. As IPv6 was developed as a response to the limitations of IPv4, IPv6 brings new features and advantages, which fit into the cloud computing paradigm and provide means to better develop new techniques from which the modern data centres can profit. The development and implementation of IPv6 has been underway for some years and consequently, its improvements over IPv4 are skilfully outlined and acknowledged. The thesis is based on the research of the advantages of IPv6 over IPv4 and how they can improve the operation and efficiency of cloud computing. In the first part background information is presented, giving a brief view on what cloud computing and virtualization is, as well as a few problems that customer might find in the cloud computing idea. As the advantages of IPv6 over IPv4 are widely known, but their benefits for data centres are rarely exposed, the second part of the thesis focuses on how cloud computing environment can benefit from IPv6 by adjoining IPv6 and cloud computing. As a result, the thesis tries to portray a better image to both customers and network administrators, so that they could properly see and understand why IPv6 and cloud computing should be used together.