Like most other tech publications, we keep yammering on every few months about IPv6, the new protocol designed to boost the number of available Internet addresses, despite a relative lack of interest from U.S. companies.
True, Global Crossing and Computer Sciences Corp. are implementing it, but that deal is most likely a concession to their government customers who, unlike most folks, face a specific deadline (2008) for IPv6 capability.
While the protocol carries a bevy of benefits, including simplified network administration, security improvements and better communication between central and remote offices, some experts question whether the benefits are worth the cost of implementing IPv6.
Imagine our surprise, then, when we saw news of a new product designed to help ease IPv6 implementation for SMBs and home PC users. Perhaps most important, the HAP6, which start-up Hexago will introduce at the Interop networking conference, promises interoperability between current IPv4 and IPv6-enabled devices.
To further prod folks into considering IPv6, Hexago offers a service called Freenet6, which provides IPv6 connectivity for those who want to give it a try. A Hexago executive says the service, launched in late 2006, has already attracted some 22,000 users.
So there's hope for IPv6 yet.