Over the last few months, we have had a growing number of discussions around IPv6. What I have found fascinating is the number of varying reasons for the increasing momentum around this topic.
Address exhaustion has long been the most hyped reason for moving to IPv6. While the number of IPv4 addresses is diminishing rapidly, our conversations suggest that there are additional reasons for this momentum. These include:
- government mandates which we have seen in a number of countries, including the US.
- increasing numbers of Smart+Connected Communities
- the continuing explosive growth of mobile devices
- issues around content delivery, particularly in parts of the world that are leapfrogging and heading straight to v6 due to lack of sufficient v4 addresses (for example, China and India).
Today, Cisco announced that it leads in total USGv6 certification for routers, switches and firewalls. In addition, Cisco is the first vendor to be certified by the IPv6 Forum to offer IPv6 education and certification. Building on this momentum, Cisco is introducing new ASR-1000 features to help customers with IPv6 migration. This is in addition to providing use cases and professional services developed to help customers make a smooth transition.
In our conversations, a lack of guidelines/use cases and professional services were cited as being gating factors to increased adoption of IPv6. With today’s announcement, Cisco is building on its leadership in this area to help our customers by addressing this gap.
I welcome your feedback on this topic.
For more information on today’s announcement, please click here.
More Cisco IPv6 resources are available at http://www.cisco.com/go/ipv6.