An increased market demand for the enhanced Internet Protocol (IP) has lowered the worldwide supply of Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses. The Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) expands the IP address space from 32 bits to 128 bits, providing an increased supply of IP addresses.
Sterling B2B Integrator is enabled for IPv6 support, providing a dual IPv4 and IPv6 stack, tunneling, proxying, and translation between the two IP address versions.
Sterling B2B Integrator interoperates with various related products, many of which do not yet support IPv6 addresses. Therefore, in Sterling B2B Integrator, a limited set of configurations use IPv6 addresses. The dual stack approach permits interoperability between Sterling B2B Integrator and a mixed set of IPv4 and IPv6 enabled services and adapters wherever feasible.
However, if you choose to implement an IPv6 installation, limitations exist in the Sterling B2B Integrator system requirements and the selected services and adapters. Consider the limitations before you attempt to install Sterling B2B Integrator with IPv6 addresses.
IPv6 supported combinations
The following table lists the IPv6 configuration combinations supported by Sterling B2B Integrator
|Database||AIX®||Windows||Linux® (see note)|
IPv6 supported combinations with limitations
The following Sterling B2B Integrator components provide IPv6 compliance with some limitations.
|HTTP Client/Server adapter||Full||-|
|HTTP GET/POST service||Full||-|
|HTTP Begin/End Session adapter||Full||-|
|FTP Client/Server adapter||Full||-|
|PGP Package/Unpackage service||Full||-|
|Command Line Adapter 2||Full||-|
|WebSphere MQ Suite||Full||-|
|JMS adapter||Partial||The URI does not accept IPv6 addresses as characters ‘[ ]' are not allowed. However, it works with a host name.|
|SFTP Client/Server adapter||Full||-|
|Lightweight JDBC adapter||Partial||Supports an IPv6 remote host only with a DB2 and AIX combination. However, if your Sterling B2B Integrator installation is under an IPv6 address, the Lightweight JDBC adapter can still be used with any other database currently supported by the adapter by using an IPv4 remote host.|
|BEA Tuxedo adapter||Full||-|
|ConnectDirect||Full||Supports IPv6 on C:D UNIX 4.0 and C:D Windows 4.4.00|
|SAP Suite adapter||Unsupported||-|
|JGroups||Partial||Do not use IPV6 with JGroups on AIX|