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Now the Real IPv6 Days Begin

5:15 PM -- By all accounts, World IPv6 Day has been uneventful, which is good news, more or less.

But the real work of managing the transition to IPv6 is just beginning, and the industry knows that.

Today's test, involving major Web players such as Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) is an indication that the vast majority of the very small number of IPv6 connections that exist today aren't broken. Or if they are, their users don't care enough to call and complain.

There are two live trackers of today's IPv6 traffic: one by Arbor Networks , running on the Internet Society (ISOC) site here, and one by Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM), involving its CDN customers, which you can find here.

Both show that traffic peaked very early, at the beginning of the test, and dropped off from there. Service providers are not reporting a flood of phone calls from customers who suddenly find themselves unable to do a Google search or get on Facebook, because of broken IPv6 connections.

In the coming months, as usage of IPv6 grows, service providers, CDNs and content providers alike will face some tough decisions about how to manage the gradual introduction of greater amounts of IPv6 traffic, and when to make key transitions. This process is just beginning, and one day of testing does not a successful transition make.

Light Reading is holding its first-ever IPv6 event next month in New York City, largely to explore these issues, and it's not too late to get in on the fun. You can find more information here.

— Carol Wilson, Chief Editor, Events, Light Reading

acohn 12/5/2012 | 4:57:41 PM
re: Now the Real IPv6 Days Begin If native IPv6 were more widely available (wasn't for me on Roadrunner), perhaps there would be more chatter...but probably not MUCH more. W6D went well I guess, especially for those with tunnels.
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