IPClear Frequently Asked Questions

No. While IPClear provides valuable facilitation services for IPv4 address transfers, it does not function as an IPv4 broker, enabling institutions to save on brokerage fees while still accessing a wide pool of potential buyers.
No. While IPClear offers valuable services related to network transformation and IPv4 address management, it does not participate in the purchase or sale of IPv4 address blocks.

ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers) https://www.arin.net/ is a nonprofit organization that manages the distribution of Internet number resources, including IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.

ARIN officially ran out of its available pool of IPv4 addresses in 2015. Since then, ARIN has managed the transition through mechanisms like waitlists and IPv4 transfers while promoting the adoption of IPv6 to address the ongoing demand for IP addresses.
The use of private IP addresses in conjunction with NAT (network address translation) and other network management techniques ensures that higher education institutions can maintain secure, efficient, and sustainable networks without the need for extensive public IPv4 address allocations.
Higher education institutions often have large legacy IPv4 address blocks due to their early adoption of the internet, extensive and diverse network needs, involvement in research and development, historical allocation policies, and a tendency to retain their allocations over time.
Higher education institutions should consider selling their IPv4 address blocks now to take advantage of high market values, avoid potential depreciation, secure immediate financial benefits to the institution, optimize their networks, support the IPv6 transition, reduce technical debt, and capitalize on favorable market conditions.
Each public IPv4 address that is advertised to the open internet is a potential attack point for cyber crime. By carefully managing the allocation and exposure of IPv4 addresses, higher education institutions can create a more secure network, protecting sensitive information and maintaining the integrity of their digital infrastructure.
IPClear’s network transformation complexity rating is a measure used to evaluate the complexity of transitioning an institution’s network to a new IP infrastructure. The rating is determined through a detailed analysis of the institution’s network. Each institution is assigned a complexity rating on a scale of 1 to 3:
  • Rating 1: Least complex. The network has minimal externally visible services and devices, making the transformation relatively straightforward.
  • Rating 2: Moderately complex. The network has a moderate number of services and devices, requiring careful planning and execution for the transformation.
  • Rating 3: Most complex. The network has numerous and diverse services and devices, presenting significant challenges for transformation.
IPClear’s involvement in the transfer process at ARIN streamlines procedures, provides expert guidance, fosters efficient communication, and ensures a seamless experience for institutions seeking to transfer IP address blocks.
IPv4 addresses remain important due to their widespread use, global compatibility, support for legacy infrastructure, and ongoing transition challenges. While the internet continues to evolve towards IPv6, IPv4 will continue to play a significant role in ensuring connectivity and interoperability for the foreseeable future.
IPv4 address block valuation is influenced by factors such as block size, supply and demand dynamics, and monetization strategies pursued by institutions. Understanding these factors is essential for accurately assessing the value of IPv4 address blocks in the market.
Organizations encounter several challenges with their IPv4 resources, primarily stemming from underutilization and legacy technical debt. Addressing these challenges requires proactive IP address management strategies, including regular audits to identify and reclaim underutilized address space, modernization efforts to upgrade legacy systems to IPv6-compatible solutions, and robust security measures to protect against cyber threats. By effectively managing their IPv4 resources and addressing legacy technical debt, organizations can optimize network performance, enhance security posture, and position themselves for future growth and innovation.
IPClear’s platform enables institutions to transform IPv4 addresses for internal use, optimize address allocation, and include them as part of cleared IPv4 address blocks available for sale, all without the hassle of renumbering or complex restructuring.
IPClear advocates for a gradual transformation approach that introduces network modifications incrementally, avoids disruptions, ensures reliable change management, and tailors solutions to the specific needs of each institution.
IPClear’s platform offers robust resource detection and mapping, dynamic network configuration management, automated network configuration generation, comprehensive monitoring and reporting, security and compliance features, and seamless support for IPv6 transitions. These capabilities enable institutions to efficiently manage their networks and stay ahead in the evolving digital landscape.
Leveraging IPClear’s service provides specialized expertise, increased efficiency, risk mitigation, cost savings, access to valuable resources, and the ability for your IT team to focus on core competencies, making it a superior option compared to the DIY approach for managing and transforming IPv4 address resources.
No. That said, while IPv6 deployment is not required to monetize your IPv4 assets, having an IPv6 strategy can provide significant advantages, including network efficiency, future-proofing, and smoother transitions. However, you can proceed with monetizing your IPv4 assets independently of IPv6 deployment if necessary.
Once IPv6 is deployed throughout your network, you can expect over 50% of your network traffic to shift to IPv6. This is driven by the readiness of content providers and the preferences of modern devices.
Yes, IPv6’s design incorporates advanced security and privacy features, providing a more secure operational environment compared to IPv4.
The deployment of IPv6 in university networks enhances security, improves network performance, future-proofs infrastructure, supports modern devices, and facilitates advanced research and collaboration.
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