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John Chambers outlines Cisco’s commitment to IPv6 at 3rd Annual Google conference

June 18, 2010 - 22 Comments

With only 6% of the remaining number of IPv4 addresses available in the global pool, interest in how to effectively migrate networks to IPv6 is steadily growing. Last Friday June 11, John Chambers addressed the third annual Google IPv6 Implementation conference, which was opened by Vint Cerf in Mountain View.  John outlined Cisco’s longstanding commitment to helping customers address this issue and build effective plans for migration. 

In 2007, Cisco Distinguished Engineer Mark Townsley first issued a challenge to this IPv6 community to eat its own dog food in its own conferences and so, appropriately enough John’s video contribution to the conference was indeed streamed over IPv6:

Clearly IPv4 exhaust is on the horizon, but Cisco sees IPv4 and IPv6 coexisting for quite some time.   There are many variables involved, on the social, geographical, and even regional level that are affecting the speed with which customers are approaching the question.

IPv6 is a new IP protocol mandated by the federal government for compliance across all organizations, It is designed to replace IPv4, the Internet protocol currently deployed and used most extensively throughout the world.

The benefits of IPv6 include:

  • Simplified packet header for routing efficiency
  • Mandatory IP Security (IPSec) implementation for all IPv6 devices
  • Improved support for mobile IP and mobile computing devices
  • Enhanced multicast support with increased addresses and efficient mechanisms

Cisco has been actively engaged in running IPv6 deployment councils for the last 2 years to provide ‘customer to customer’ forums to encourage discussion about the issue and to nurture an environment where customers can share their ideas and experiences.

Please visit Cisco’s IPv6 page to learn more.

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  2. Well, we were discussing the IPv6 implementation in Czech Republic, but for what I know there is a problem with Microsoft and IPv6 (Like Win7).

  3. Fortunately, the Internet outside of key enterprises, such as Cisco, is available to prepare for IPv6.

  4. China is moving quick with applying ipv6 to their infrastructure.

  5. This reminds me how big is the Internet. Definitely the largest (and the greatest) thing on the planet.

  6. The designers of the IPv6 protocol did their best to balance conflicting requirements. Keeping changes to a minimum to make the protocol straightforward to deploy while adding enough improvements so users would see the benefits of the new protocol. One can argue if the balance was struck correctly and to what extent the benefits of a simplified header, auto-configuration etc matter.IPv6 was designed to solve one problem. And that was the shortage of address space. The simple fact is that IPv6 allows for the continual growth of the Internet. And that is enough of a benefit, is it not?

  7. Glad to see IP6 is finally here. I’ve heard about it for the last 15 years.

  8. I’m glad to see that Cisco has been ironing out the bugs for the last two years. I’ve been reading a lot about Cisco and IP6 in the news. I love the security. How much traffic on the internet is from little hackers? A lot.”

  9. I hope this will be a smooth transition. It definitely won’t be an easy step.

  10. IPv6 is the future that for now. The problem is that by the time that we need to move over from IPv4 there might be a better technology.

  11. I was actually just learning about this in lecture not too long ago. I’m definitely interested in seeing IPv6 at its full potential.

  12. I’m interested to see how the transition pans out, I’m glad the big companies are fully behind IPv6 though.

  13. Agreed Mike, stability is everything to keep the flow moving. IPv6 provides that, the security I feel is right along with it.

  14. Err.. Uhmmm.. I told you so, about 8 years ago now.

  15. IPv6 will become a way of life in the future. Security is one thing but stability is key here.

  16. This transition will certainly be messy for a lot of small companies.Do you think mobile operators have to adopt ipv6?

  17. Yeah i believe IPv6 is the future, but are they any other companies beside cisco that will come up with diff. product.

  18. I think this step is for Cisco astep in the right direction!

  19. Security and Mobile devices are the two biggest areas I can see for improvements.

  20. Great video. Yes, IPv6 is the future. It will help create the next generation of Internet.

  21. With the speed of adoption of IP devices these days, this 6% of IPv4 addresses will not last longer. Luckly the key enterprises beyond Internet, like Cisco, are ready to make IPv6 available.