World IPv6 Day: How Did You Do?

Michelle DeFiore

The day has finally come, and the world now has the opportunity to see what happens when IPv6 takes over. How did your company fare during this test drive? Did you notice anything amiss as you browsed the web this morning? Were there any glitches or hacks?


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Leonardo Sorrentino)

So what does it all mean? Most people probably didn’t even notice anything happened, but for network engineers, it’s a crucial test of readiness to manage both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.

At some point, the entire infrastructure of the Internet is going to have to move to IPv6. The world has been running out of IPv4 addresses for awhile now, and the time has come for companies to evaluate how their infrastructures will fare under IPv6. How do you manage your IPv4 and IPv6 traffic?

At this year’s Interop, many users had newer handheld and laptop devices which obtained approximately 1,000 IPv6 addresses wirelessly each day, and the majority of the destination sites of user traffic were not IPv6 enabled. 

Evidence for this can be seen when comparing the large amount of IPv4 traffic to the much less significant IPv6 traffic being generated by show attendees in the first two rows of the graphs below.blog-201106-screenshot1016

blog-201106-screenshot1019 If World IPv6 day passes you by this time, it’s OK. But don’t be left out in the dark for the future.

A recent survey by CompTIA says that businesses have a long way to go.

The organization’s survey of 400 IT and business decision makers found that more than half, or 56 percent, of respondents indicated they were following news on IPv6, with 30 percent having conducted deeper research into the implications.

However, only 21 percent had actually performed network upgrades and nearly one-third, or 31 percent, had done nothing at all.

After today’s test, it will be interesting to see if more companies take the necessary steps to really be ready for IPv6.

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