How NEC XON delivered a carrier-grade solution for the IPv4 challenge

18 Jul, 2022
Anthony Laing, GM of Networking at NEC XON.

“Some ISPs and network service providers have been unable to on-board new customers of their own because the world has run out of IP version 4 (IPv4) addresses. That’s a death warrant for them. Their business relies on connecting new people and new devices then serving them the connectivity that is their bread and butter,” says Anthony Laing, GM of Networking at NEC XON.

With the roughly 4,2 billion IPv4 addresses all assigned, service providers must be able to assign one IP address to more than one person and also use the newer IPv6 addresses for new customers. However, to maintain compatibility with older IPv4 web servers, they must also be able to translate IPv6 addresses into formats that IPv4 can understand.

Carrier-grade network address translation solves the challenges, translating IPv6 addresses for IPv4 servers and enabling ISPs to share one IP address among multiple subscribers.

“One of the challenges that customers have is finding a solution they can rely on to be secure and robust,” says Laing.

The challenge is so universal that many tech providers in the industry have put together a solution of one kind or another. A lot were never developed from the outset to solve this critical problem. Consequently, plenty have problems of their own, not least being security and dependability.

“Those two attributes are untenable for carrier-grade service providers,” says Laing. “Most ISP customers have never even heard of CGN so they don’t care that their connectivity is down because it went wrong. It’s also not the customer experience service providers want to provide in their ultra-competitive markets.”

If you’re a network service provider you have to have a CGN today, there’s no choice. But you also need one that you know is going to work right and be secure.

“That’s why we chose A10 Networks,” says Laing. “These guys built their CGN solution from the ground up. It’s robust. It’s air-tight secure. It just works, right out of the box.”

“Our IPv4 preservation with CGN and IPv6 migration technologies are proven solutions,” says Gidon Schwartz, Sales Director Israel, East Europe, Russia & CIS at A10 Networks. “They help organisations and service providers increase subscribers, expand their IoT networks, and ensure connectivity.”

User reviews on the Gartner website are full of praise for the A10 CGN solution. Seventy-five per cent of people give it the maximum 5 stars. Sixty-three per cent of them are from Europe, Middle East and Africa.

A10 Networks’ Thunder CGN solution is a high-performance, highly transparent address and protocol translation product. It helps service providers extend their IPv4 network connectivity. It simultaneously helps them transition to IPv6.

The products are built on the A10 Networks Advanced Core Operating System (ACOS) architecture. It provides high performance and scalability. It offers a wide range of features that improve service availability, IPv4 preservation, IPv6 transition, and security.

“NEC XON is one of the top systems integrators in sub-Sahara Africa,” says Schwartz. “Their technical capabilities build on top of our solution’s capabilities. They are also a subsidiary of NEC, with whom we have a global partnership agreement. Their regional footprint, technical expertise, service delivery capability, and historical carrier-grade market penetration will serve our customers well.”

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