Strategy: IPv6: This Time, It's for Real

May 18, 2012


Getting Your Organization Ready for IPv6

On World IPv6 Day 2011, we turned IPv6 on for 24 hours to gauge its impact on the Internet. On June 6, World IPv6 Day participants, including Akamai, AT&T, Facebook and Google, will turn IPv6 support on and leave it on. IPv4 will still work, of course, but what happens when your enterprise applications or websites no longer perform well for customers or remote employees? It's the nature of any major transition: Problems will arise, sooner if you have a global customer or user base, later for SMBs. But eventually a site or service will get glitchy, and IT will get the call.

What this means for network administrators is that it's time for the rubber to meet the metaphorical road. It's unfortunate then that our second InformationWeek IPv6 Survey showed almost no increase in the number of respondents actively preparing for their deployments. In our May poll of 681 respondents, 38% have no plans to run IPv6 in the foreseeable future, down a mere point from 39% of 632 respondents in June 2011. Just 5% already run IPv6 in most of their networks, up from 4%.

In this report we'll cover bringing IPv6 to the desktop, supporting remote offices and telecommuters, upgrading websites and externally facing properties, and installing IPv6 on enterprise applications while also taking a first look at our latest trending research. (S5100512)

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