I'm hoping that they'll take away the fact that IPv6 is really ready for commercial use. There are services available to them, whether ISPs or CDNs or any other form of support for their activities. Also, hopefully this will help them step up their own priorities with regard to IPv6 deployment. The future of the Internet is IPv6. I'm hoping this June 6 date is a bookmark so that other organizations will start moving in this direction and start putting stakes in the ground. The message is that IPv6 is real, and it's time to move along.
What is your outlook for IPv6 deployment in 2012?
It's very positive. The fact that we can lay out an activity like World IPv6 Launch that has this high of a bar for service providers and content providers and actually have a number of industry players across the globe able to step up and meet it, is an indicator of a lot of extremely hard work that is being put into IPv6 deployment. We're shining a spotlight on hard work that's already been done. I'm hoping that a year from now we're talking about moving on from IPv4 rather than whether IPv6 is going to take off.
What is the risk for an enterprise network operator that does nothing with IPv6 this year?
It really depends on the extent to which they are focused on growth and being accessed cleanly and robustly from all parts of the world. Increasingly, networks from Asia are IPv6 because Asia is all but out of IPv4 addresses. A network operator that does nothing with IPv6 is ensuring those users from Asia will be accessing their website through some translation services. If an IT organization does nothing with IPv6 in 2012, they may have a very busy 2013 as the ramifications and implications of network address translation between IPv4 and IPv6 comes home to roost for them. One of the big takeaways for them is that IPv4 transition doesn't need to be expensive if you do it in a plan-ful way. If you start now and end by 2013, you could do it as part of your natural tech refresh.
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