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Happy World IPv6 Day!

Around the world, organisations have been gearing up for World IPv6 Day – a widespread, global ‘test flight’ for IPv6.

Participants include technology providers like Cisco plus content providers and other industry players who will come together to enable IPv6 on their main websites for at least 24 hours.

Why now?
Earlier this year IANA announced that they had allocated the last remaining IPv4 addresses. At the same time, with changing regulatory requirements, more global organisations are having to more to IPv6.

In the meantime, we have a plethora of new devices appearing and more people than ever getting connected to the Internet worldwide.  For content providers, connecting to a global audience is a key factor driving the move towards IPv6.

So, what is Cisco doing to help customers? Our message to customers is very simple:

Preserve your current investment by auditing the existing system; then

Prepare by making a plan and starting a managed migration, even if only in one focused part of the network; this ensures one will

Prosper through the transition to a full IPv6-enabled Internet experience.

In a recent survey of over 100 Senior IT leaders in the US, 78% said that their organisations have made or are currently in the process of making the transition to IPv6.

Moreover, more than half of those questioned (54%) deemed the move to IPv6, while 73% were concerned about missing out on the benefits.

One organisation that won’t miss out is the University of Technology and Life Sciences in Bydgoszcz, known as UTP, in Poland.

UTP has just completed the modernization of its campus and research networks based on the Cisco® Borderless Network architecture. With the new, IPv6-enabled infrastructure, UTP is leveraging the value of the network for education and research and provides highly secure wired and wireless Internet access for more than 9,000 students and 1,000 employees.

“Our legacy network consisted of equipment from different suppliers, which could not be centrally managed. Managing and controlling the comprehensive campus infrastructure, including the location of faults, was complex and time-consuming. Our newly implemented network infrastructure is fully manageable, and we have the ability to centrally monitor all traffic and equipment in the network. I am also particularly proud that the university’s infrastructure was upgraded to allow users to work with IPv6.” – Tomasz Marciniak, IT Project Co-ordinator at UTP

For more information on Cisco’s IPv6 activities, please refer to the resources below:
Cisco IPv6 Resources including info on participation in World IPv6 Day

Mark Townsley, Cisco Distinguished Engineer on ‘Happy Eyeballs for World IPv6 Day’.

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