IPv6 Invasion Date Gets Set

Michael Vizard

In history, June 6th is better known as the anniversary of D-Day. But if The Internet Society has its way, June 6th for at least this year is going to be remembered as the day the IT industry started making the permanent transition to IPv6.

The Internet Society's World IPv6 Launch will include participants such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft Bing, Yahoo!, AT&T, Comcast, Free Telecom, Internode, KDDI, Time Warner Cable, XS4All, Cisco and D-Link. That event comes on the heels of last year's IPv6 Day, during which these and other companies demonstrated their actual IPv6 implementations.

According to Internet Society CTO Leslie Daigle, the official launch date of IPv6 essentially means that IT organizations are going to need to start putting specific plans in place to adopt IPv6. Initially, that means making sure that any new networking equipment they buy will support both IPv4 and IPv6.

Daigle notes that they are already rationing IPv4 addresses in Asia. As a result, IT organizations will soon find it more expedient to move to IPv6, especially when the number of mobile computing devices looking to access Internet services in the cloud is about to explode.

A big part of the problem with making the transition to IPv6 has always been inertia. Arguably, a protracted period of promoting IPv6 has created a certain amount of cynicism concerning the need to support IPv6 given the dominance of IPv4. But it looks like 2012 is finally going to be the year where the simple laws of supply and demand finally make IPv6 support a standard part of the Internet experience.

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