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While service providers fret about the end of IPv4 addresses, how should enterprises prepare for IPv6?

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IPv6 is suddenly hot news. Running out of Internet addresses has a suitably Armageddon sound to boost news headlines, and we are all sufficiently hooked on the Internet to shiver at the thought of losing it.

You would think that IPv6 had just leapt out of the unknown like some marauding beast, but that’s far from true. We’ve been helping organisations test their support for the new [IPv6] protocol and dual stack functionality since 2004.

I was helping some organisations, including the US Department of Defence, get ready for IPv6 over five years back. The problem was understood, but did not look like an imminent threat so people got a bit bored with it. Now suddenly IPv6 is back in the news and we’re being asked to help again. In the meantime, it seems, economic difficulties put IPv6 on the back burner and it was forgotten, until the recent scare about ”the end of IPv4”.

So it is time to take another cool look at the issue from the enterprise user angle. How serious is it? What is the real threat for the enterprise? What is the best strategy to adopt and why?

Read the entire article, "While service providers fret about the end of IPv4 addresses, how should enterprises prepare for IPv6?" at Business Computing World.

 
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