Window on WANs

Jan 26 2010   4:38PM GMT

Move away from IPv4…This is not a test

Kate Gerwig Kate Gerwig Profile: Kate Gerwig

For the 100th time at least, no one is kidding about the need to move to IPv6. We repeat, make the move now if you haven’t already. Last week the Number Resource Organization (NRO) announced that less than 10% of the remaining IPv4 addresses are unallocated, and that puts IPv4 on the endangered species list. What’s NRO? The group that officially represents the five Regional Internet Registries that oversee Internet number resources.

Since IPv6 includes a numbering system that provides a much larger address pool than IPv4, the NRO urged all Internet stakeholders to spring into action by planning for the necessary investments required to deploy IPv6. Obviously that includes enterprises. Here are the NRO suggestions:

Given the less than 10 percent milestone, the NRO is continuing its call for Internet stakeholders, including governments, vendors, enterprises, telecoms operators, and end users, to fulfill their roles in IPv6 adoption, specifically encouraging the following actions:
• The business sector should provide IPv6-capable services and platforms, including web hosting and equipment, ensuring accessibility for IPv6 users.
• Software and hardware vendors should implement IPv6 support in their products to guarantee they are available at production standard when needed.
• Governments should lead the way by making their own content and services available over IPv6 and encouraging IPv6 deployment efforts in their countries. IPv6 requirements in government procurement policies are critical at this time.
• Civil society, including organizations and end users, should request that all services they receive from their ISPs and vendors are IPv6-ready, to build demand and ensure competitive availability of IPv6 services in coming years.

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