LR Live: IPv6 Transition Decisions Loom
For those outside the telecom and Internet industries, IPv6 will now resume its place in the background, but for network operators and Web content companies, the fun is just beginning. After years of preparation, the industry can show it is ready to handle the long transition to a new Internet addressing scheme, which will include many years of dual support for IPv4 and IPv6 that is expected to be seamless. (See Report: Most ISPs Are IPv6 Ready.)
This week at Light Reading's IPv6: The Time Is Now! event, a host of industry luminaries will be on hand to review, discuss and debate the issues and the decisions that lie ahead for ISPs, Web content companies and enterprises.
And there are many decisions to be made.
For enterprises, one of the biggest challenges is determining what and when to upgrade to IPv6, given the lack of financial drivers -- or rewards -- for that process. At a time when IT budgets are already stretched, businesses know the future lies with IPv6, and they realize there are dangers in being unprepared, but they will proceed with cost-conscious caution, both in upgrading equipment and exploring IPv6 connectivity options. (See Despite Consumer Electronics Surge, Chip Suppliers Face Cost Challenges.)
ISPs face their own challenges. There's not a large network operator on the globe that won't say it's been preparing for IPv6 since the turn of the century, yet there are still many places where connectivity is limited to IPv6 tunnels through an IPv4 connection. Clearly there is still work to be done here, and that work includes deciding how much native IPv6 is needed and where other solutions, such as network-based or large-scale Network Address Translation will be deployed. (See The Ugly Side of IPv6: Carrier-Grade NAT.)
The consumer market is in a different kind of quandary. Retailers, service providers, and content owners all share some of the burden of either preparing the consumer world to understand what this new addressing scheme is all about, or making sure the transition is so seamless that no consumer has to worry about whether his connection is IPv6 and his content is hosted on IPv4 servers or vice versa. (See IPv6 Traffic Keeps Growing, Cable ISPs Say.)
All of this and more, including a review of lessons learned from IPv6 World Day, will be part of what we discuss this week in New York. If you're close by and want to drop in, go here to register. — Carol Wilson, Chief Editor, Events, Light Reading