Window on WANs

Jun 8 2011   11:43AM GMT

Happy World IPv6 Day!

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WORLD IPV6 DAY is 8 June 2011 – The Future is ForeverWe’re midway through World IPv6 Day, and while some of us haven’t even noticed, participants are diligently testing and tracking the progress of their IPv6 deployments (not to mention spamming reporters with announcements to attach their name to the day). Participating network security vendor Arbor networks, for example, is monitoring World IPv6 Day across its network. This monitoring gives the organization an idea of how much IPv6 traffic is being driven to sites.

Are you wondering where you stand with other enterprises on World IPv6 Day? WAN managers share their IPv6 migration strategies on World IPv6 Day in these profiles.

“Organizations have to really assess the readiness of their existing IPv6 infrastructure: what they have to do; how much more equipment they will have to purchase; what new services they have to install…. I think this exercise will allow them to gauge how much more work there will be to fix the infrastructure or make it ready to handle IPv6 traffic,” said Blue Coat chief scientist Qing Li.

Because so many organizations are joining together in the IPv6 test, World IPv6 Day empowers service providers, content providers and hardware vendors to run IPv6 in a way that is less frightening than doing it alone. There’s no embarrassment if something is not connecting or if there’s a DNS IPv6 issue, because it’s expected. If we’re all in the learning experiment together, we can come out of it knowing more and with support across the globe.

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