At Cisco, we’ve talked many times before about the exhaustion of IPv4 address space and the need for the industry to adopt IPv6 to support the explosion in the number of people, devices, and web services and enable the continuing growth of the Internet. As you can read in the announcement on our corporate blog, today Cisco joined with other leading industry participants such as AT&T, Google, Facebook, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable to be part of the World IPv6 Launch. This means that by June 6, 2012 all participants will permanently enable IPv6 on their networks and websites.
Since deployment of IPv6 requires an industry-wide response we recently teamed with Excentis to participate in a multi-vendor interoperability evaluation program for the European Cable Industry.
Given the breadth of our solution it should not be surprising that Cisco was the only vendor to participate in all four solutions under trial:
- Customer Premise Equipment (CPE)
- Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS)
- Carrier Grade NAT
- Network Provisioning
Unfortunately we can’t share the results widely – as you can imagine, they can only be provided to the companies that funded the testing. However, if you are ready to learn more about how to make the transition to IPv6 we’ve got two events in early February 2012.
For cable operators, Cisco Fellow Fred Baker will speak at Light Reading’s Cable IPv6 Transition online seminar on Wednesday, February 8th at 1 pm New York time/ 6 pm London time. Registration and detailed information can be found here.
For all industry participants, including enterprise operators we have a number of speakers lined up at V6 World Congress in Paris France, February 7-10, 2012. The current list of Cisco speakers includes (link to full agenda here):
- Mark Townsley, Fellow: Day 1 Keynote Address
- Eric Vyncke, Distinguished Systems Engineer: “Later-2 Insecurities of IPv6 and the Mitigation Techniques” and also “Challenges Enterprise Face when Introducing IPv6”
- Dan Wing, Distinguished Engineer: IPV6 fast failover (“Happy Eyeballs”)
- Ralph Droms, Distinguished Engineer: Home Networks with IPv6
- Ole Troan, Technical Leader: “Can we Get an IPv6 CPE Please”
- Andrew Yourtchenko, Technical Leader: “NAT or Not”
- Gunter Van de Velde, Technical Leader: Tutorial Sessions
Please contact your Cisco account team for more information and to schedule meetings with our technical experts.
As IPv4 addresses become increasingly scarce, every segment of the industry must act quickly to accelerate full IPv6 adoption or risk increased costs and limited functionality online for Internet users everywhere.
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