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  • Lack of IPv6 traffic stats makes judging progress difficult

    Posted May 24, 2011 - 9:52 am

    The Internet is poised to undergo the biggest upgrade in its 40-year history: from the current version of the Internet Protocol known as IPv4 to a new version dubbed IPv6, which offers an expanded addressing scheme for supporting new users and devices.
  • What if IPv6 simply fails to catch on?

    Posted May 23, 2011 - 9:49 am

    Amid the buzz around World IPv6 Day, it's hard not to wonder: What if IPv6 fails to catch on after this event? What if the Internet is still 99% based on IPv4 five years from now as it is today?
  • FAQ: IPv6 for enterprise networks

    Posted May 12, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    With the availability of IPv4 addresses drying up, enterprise IT managers know they need to move to IPv6, but the migration raises all sorts of questions. In this excerpt from the book 'IPv6 for Enterprise Networks,' the authors answer many of those questions.
  • Q: How do I know if my router is IPv6 compatible?

    Posted May 12, 2011 - 10:43 am

    A: You can easily find out by visiting testmyipv6.com. Once there, click the IPv6-only Test link. You'll know soon enough if your router and everything else is ready for the big transition
  • Will World of Warcraft drive ISP IPv6 adoption?

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 9:41 am

    Whether IT networking boffins like it or not, one of the biggest drivers toward IPv6 adoption may turn out to be Blizzard’s massively online multiplayer monolith, World of Warcraft (WoW).
  • Does ARIN have the right to approve all IPv4 address sales?

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 9:26 am

    A U.S. bankruptcy court in Delaware recently approved Nortel's sale of 666,624 IPv4 addresses to Microsoft for $7.5 million. Despite this precedent, a debate is raging in Internet policy circles about how sales of IPv4 addresses -- particularly the largest blocks of IPv4 address space issued before the Internet became popular -- will proceed in the future.
  • Brocade gives a reality check on IPv6

    Posted May 5, 2011 - 8:07 pm

    The looming depletion of Internet addresses has split the networking world into "IPv4 diehards" and "IPv6 purists," but the real needs of businesses lie somewhere in between the views of these extremists, a Brocade Communications Systems executive said this week.
  • Microsoft, Juniper urged to patch dangerous IPv6 DoS hole

    Posted May 3, 2011 - 6:48 pm

    Security experts are urging Microsoft and Juniper to patch a year-old IPv6 vulnerability so dangerous it can freeze any Windows machine on a LAN in a matter of minutes.
  • Infoblox upgrades DNS appliances to ease move to IPv6

    Posted May 3, 2011 - 10:01 am

    Infoblox is adding two new features to its DNS appliances to help its service provider and enterprise customers transition to IPv6, the long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol.
  • Free DNS service adds IPv6 support

    Posted May 2, 2011 - 4:49 pm

    OpenDNS, one of the Internet's most popular free DNS services, is now offering production-grade support for IPv6, an upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol known as IPv4.
  • How to start planning your IPv6 transition

    Posted March 28, 2011 - 11:35 am

    If you attempt to make the move straight over to IPv6 without knowing what you already have that is IPv6 compliant, you are not only wasting your time, but could bring down your data center like a house of cards.
  • IPv4 address transfers must meet policy, ARIN chief says

    Posted March 26, 2011 - 9:31 pm

    The chief executive of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) today said that any transfer of IPv4 addresses from one organization to another will need to be compliant with established ARIN policy.
  • When we run out of IPv4 addresses

    Posted March 25, 2011 - 1:02 pm

    LiveBrianD asked the Networking forum what will happen to the Internet when we run out of IPv4 addresses.
  • Microsoft offers $7.5M for 666,624 IPv4 addresses

    Posted March 24, 2011 - 9:47 pm

    Microsoft has agreed to pay $7.5 million to purchase a block of 666,624 IPv4 addresses from bankrupt Canadian telecom equipment maker Nortel in a move that some see as a signal of the increasing value of IPv4 addresses.
  • Brocade unites IPv4 and IPv6

    Posted March 22, 2011 - 5:21 pm

    Brocade this week unveiled software for its application acceleration switches that enables them to function as gateways between existing IPv4 networks and new ones built on IPv6.
  • Verisign signs on for upcoming 24-hour IPv6 trial

    Posted March 21, 2011 - 10:39 am

    Verisign is the latest major Internet player to sign up for World IPv6 Day, a 24-hour trial of the next-generation Internet Protocol that is scheduled for June 8.
  • IPv6 anytime soon? Don't bet on it

    Posted March 9, 2011 - 9:33 pm

    There's maybe never been a better time to be a network engineer--that is, provided you have IPv6 experience. Businesses are crying out for individuals to help create next-generation networking circuits, and the heat has been turned up as World IPv6 Day approaches in June, during which many of the Internet's most popular properties will open IPv6 entrances to give the technology the biggest test it's ever had.
  • Having a career year? 15 career issues you should know about

    Posted March 9, 2011 - 2:40 pm

    What are the key challenges for your career? As we look across the IT career landscape there are a number of new challenges. The whole IPv6 migration issue has changed some job opportunities for example. Cloud computing offers to bring more IT jobs and security issues could change everyone’s job at some point. Here we take a look at some of the hot topics trending in the career world.
  • Verizon: We have plenty of IPv4 addresses

    Posted March 7, 2011 - 9:08 pm

    Verizon Business says it has enough IP addresses using the current version of the Internet Protocol, known as IPv4, to support its U.S. business and government customers as they transition to the next-generation standard, IPv6.
  • Is your company at risk of an IPv6 brain drain?

    Posted March 7, 2011 - 10:55 am

    Timothy Winters, senior manager at the University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Laboratory, gets calls every week from headhunters looking to hire network engineers, network architects and software developers with experience in IPv6, the looming upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol.
  • IPv6 on home routers: FAIL

    Posted March 4, 2011 - 12:09 pm

    When it comes to IPv6 support, consumer home networking gear lags far behind other devices, like enterprise equipment and PC operating systems. Most devices certified as IPv6-compliant by the IPv6 Forum are full of implementation bugs, experts say.
  • The 6 biggest misconceptions about IPv6

    Posted February 24, 2011 - 11:32 am

    For 15 years, Internet engineers and policymakers have been publicizing the need to upgrade the 'Net's current addressing scheme -- known as IPv4 -- to handle the network-of-network's explosive growth. Yet many U.S. CIOs and CTOs continue to harbor misinformation that they use to justify why they are not adopting the next-generation IPv6 standard.
  • Cerf: Future of Internet doesn’t include an IPv7

    Posted February 18, 2011 - 5:03 pm

    Vint Cerf takes his title of Chief Internet Evangelist for Google seriously, and is knee-deep in several projects to bring the next versions of the Internet into being. These projects include pushing for worldwide IPv6 adoption, but they don't include plans for an IPv7.
  • Comcast, Time Warner Cable sign on for 24-hour IPv6 trial

    Posted February 15, 2011 - 7:15 pm

    Comcast and Time Warner Cable have joined the throng of network vendors that are participating in World IPv6 Day, a 24-hour trial of the next-generation Internet protocol scheduled for June 8.
  • Avoiding the pitfalls when transitioning to IPv6

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 10:26 pm

    Sometime this year the world will run out of Internet addresses doled out under the old-style IPv4 protocol, and while the 128 bit addresses in IPv6 will allow for essentially an unlimited number of addresses, the upgrade path is a tricky one.
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