Post from George O’Meara
SVP, US and Canada, Cisco Services
If you’ve been paying attention you will have heard that the world’s supply of IPv4 addresses is running out. While this isn’t a Y2K situation, it’s an important watershed in the explosive growth of the Internet. As the world shifts from an Internet of People and Places to an Internet of Things the foundation of the Internet is changing from IPv4 to IPv6.
Is Cisco ready to address the issue?
We’ve had working IPv6 code since 1996 for starters. So we have some very seasoned support engineers who can answer all your questions at the IPv6 Cisco Support Community site. If you need help assessing your business needs, you can use our professional service offerings to preserve your investment, prepare for the impending change and implement a long-term planning process.
How does an IPv6 address affect your experience?
No one really knows the full answer. That is why the Internet Society is sponsoring a global test run of IPv6 use on June 8th, known as World IPv6 Day. It’s an opportunity for many of the major technology industry players to conduct an unprecedented experiment by enabling IPv6 on the Internet.
In fact, next Tuesday, on May 17th you should tune into a free IPv6 Webcast to hear about steps you can take to prepare your network for World IPv6 Day.
What does this shift in Internet addresses mean to you and your business?
It means that IPv4 addresses will become increasingly expensive. The Internet of Things has fueled tremendous growth in the number of devices which need a network address. It’s not just a PC at work and one at home as we had a few short years back. Today everything needs addresses including your smart phone, tablet, the chips in your car, sensors in bridges and roadways, security cameras, IP phones and more.
In the not too distant future, smart devices, new applications and new businesses will only be issued IPv6 addresses. Make sure you’re ready for this change.
What can you do today?
- Recognize this transition is real.
- Educate yourself on the technology.
- Find at least one application to migrate to IPv6.
- Stage it out in phases on your network.
- Build your confidence through experience to future proof your network with the assistance of Cisco Services.
As I said, this isn’t a Y2K situation. The Internet of Things won’t come to a screeching halt. But your business network, or your customers, may start to experience less than optimal service or connectivity due to the industry’s lack of knowledge about how old IP addresses and new IP addresses will behave together.
Don’t risk having “good enough” technology and products. Get involved with the biggest network transition of our lifetime and start your adventure with Cisco Services expertise.