How using IPv6 saves money

Posted on 2019-11-18 by ungleich

Today we focus on one of the very obvious effects of IPv6: saving resources and thus money. This post is part of the how IPv6 changes the world series.

The general way of saving money with IPv6

Economically, the less of something exists, the more expensive it is. There is only one Mona Lisa and that one is quite expensive. Similar if you move out of a city (like to Digital Glarus), rent become more affordable.

As stated in the previous post, it has gotten quite expensive for companies to acquire IPv4 address space and the prices are rising. Compared to what we paid 2 years ago, the market price is now 600% as high.

So as a company like us, when the cost is rising, we transparently forward the price increase to the end users to stay profitable.

So if you opt out of IPv4, we don't need to buy more space and neither of us needs to spend money on it.

Most services work without IPv4

And this brings me to the question of what one can do without an explicit IPv4 address. And the answer is: almost everything you could do with an IPv4 address.

Here at ungleich we spent quite some time to allow a seamless migration to an IPv4 free world:

  • If you want your server to be reachable from the IPv4 Internet, you can use our IPv4-to-IPv6 Proxy, which even works with HTTPS.
  • If you want to access something via IPv6, but you don't have IPv6 connectivity, we can provide you with an IPv6 VPN, which works even through CGNAT. It is also free, if you have any VPS running from IPv6OnlyHosting.!

There are rare exceptions of things that do not yet fully work, but we even work on these cases.

Saving money #1: IPv6 only VPS

One of the most obvious gains is, if you decide to go with IPv6 only VPS, because there you are directly rewarded more affordable prices.

Be it Google, ungleich or our friends at mythic beasts, we are all in the same situation that IPv4 addresses cost us money.

As a user, you even have the ability influence this development: the more IPv6 only services you consume and the less you rely on IPv4, the more it becomes the standard and the less everyone is depending on IPv4. It's a positive feedback cycle.

Saving money #2: Going IPv6 only

Another very simple case is the network management in SMB and even enterprises. The bigger you are, the more networks you have to manage and in our experience, dual stack networks (IPv6+IPv4) are no fun to maintain and have rather high complexity when it comes to security / ACLs/ firewalling.

However you will need IPv6 in your network eventually anyway. So the strategy that we recommend is to switch directly to IPv6 only networks.

This way your network planning becomes significantly easier, also in comparison to IPv4 networks. You don't have to spend a lot of time into network planning anymore, as you can use a /64 for every individual networks.

This way you reduce complexity and are future proven at the same time.

Saving money #3: Not using the cloud

Another interesting aspect with IPv6 is to avoid cloud services at all. Instead of uploading your data somewhere and having somebody else downloading it again, you can easily share data or communicate with other employees directly using IPv6.

Saving money #4: The IPv6 Black Friday

At the moment we run a special IPv6 promotion campaign named Black IPv6 Friday at which you can even get up to 50% discount on the already more affordable IPv6 only products.

More money saving?

If you think we missed an opportunity to save money with IPv6, let us know on the IPv6 Chat and we will add the hint for others.