During the past we have been trying to push for IPv6 by focusing on decision makers and network architects. But the question is how well prepared are the IT, mobile industry, ISP:s and IT-consultants. Another IPv4 /8 address space was allocated to AfriNIC during November this year. That means that 11 of the 256 addresses are available for allocation (13 IPv4/8 allocated since January2010). This means more or less end of the available IPv4 addresses during the coming 6-12 month. This is not fiction, neither any selling argument this just reflects the reality, the beginning of fast IPv6 deployment during the coming 6-12 month.
Me and many IPv6 colleagues have been discussing the importance of the IPv6 for years and the IPv6 as the crucial strategic decision for companies, organizations. I am pretty sure that many decision makers have already plans for IPv6 deployment, may be some decided not for immediate deployment of IPv6 for the moment but I would be surprised if any responsible Network architects, CIO:s and other responsible decision makers did not made their mind and not have a clear IPv6 implementation/deployment plan and strategy.
Countries like US, India, Malaysia, Etc have a country-wide IPv6 deployment plan. Companies like Cisco, Juniper, Google, Microsoft, Mac, Unix based OS supplier, smart phone providers like iPHONE, Android and if I am correct the Microsoft Phone announced and implemented more or less heavy support for IPv6. (My oppolgies to any companies who are not listed here and supporting IPv6 in theier products). Many ISP:s are getting well-prepared for the IPv6 and I guess waiting for the market opportunities. You may heard the Vint Cerf propose that
…..UK government should offer IPv6 upgrade tax credit….
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There are some people who have always been talking about that “IPv6 is easy”, “it is only 96 more bits in address field”, “no rocket science” and trying to push for the technology as easy while some others are talking about “very difficult”, “expensive technology”, “no support in OS”, “no vendor support”, “no… ”
In my opinion the decision makers should start activities to find out benefits of IPv6 for their own company, organization. An SWOT analysis could be very helpful and could provide valuable information about how easy/difficult/cheap/expensive IPv6 would be in their company. And also find out what are the business opportunity, organizational gain, ease of operation, ….
All colleagues who have been pushing for IPv6 awareness agree on one action and that is start small, get more experience and technical know-how while waiting for the decisions.
How about you and your company?