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.
Cisco EVP and chief globalisation officer Wim Elfrink presented at the Web 2.0 Summit in the Palace Hotel in San Francisco today to discuss four of the major demographic and economic shifts that are underway on a global basis and to outline how Cisco’s vision of a new framework for urban sustainability will entail the creation of a whole new industry. You can watch the 15 minute replay of Wim’s presentation here (introduced by John Battelle of Federated Media).
Iain Thomson of V3.co.uk also met with Wim earlier and discussed the work we are engaged in with the London Olympic Park Legacy Company to create a liveable community that can be sustained beyond the Games themselves, and highly-connected new Smart+Connected Community projects in locations such as Songdo, Korea amongst others.
We’d love to hear your views of how you think the next 30 years of the Internet could develop with these shifts in mind and as the introduction of IPv6 underpins the transition to the ‘Internet of Things’.
Why it’s important for small businesses to prepare for IPv6 now
You know that nagging feeling when there’s something you need to do but you keep putting it off and putting it off. Well, an e-mail newsletter titled “No IPv6 plan? You’re behind schedule” landed in my inbox this morning. It’s a nudge for companies of all sizes; even small businesses, to prepare for the next-generation Internet.
Why should you care about IPv6 when you’re quite happy with the current Internet?
As of last week, the Kyrgyz National Information Technology Center is home to the first IPv6 lab in the Central Asian region. Donated by Cisco, the lab helps train IT specialist in Kyrgyzstan on next generation internet protocol (IPv6) technologies.