IPv6: The State of the Next-Gen Internet
Awareness of the challenges associated with the forthcoming depletion of IPv4 addresses is increasing in the general public. While we’ve been highlighting some of the challenges and solutions to the problem some time now, the issue is getting more and more attention in the mainstream press. Last month CNN.com raised the issue with “Are you Ready for the Big Internet Crunch” which mentions the current estimate of September 2011 as being the exact time when we exhaust all IPv4 addresses.
What’s pretty amazing when you compare the estimates now to those of a similar article published over a decade earlier (September 1999) by CNN as well: “The Great IP Crunch of 2010.” Being off by only 10% a decade out is quite an accomplishment in the fast moving technology industry! What’s just as interesting, from my standpoint at least, is that the 1999 article mentions only one company by name that was preparing early: Japan’s NTT.
That preparation is now paying off for NTT Communications.
We had a chance to sit down with NTT America’s Chief Technology Officer Douglas A. Junkins to discuss demand for 100GE services and the importance of an IPv6-ready network. They are at the leading edge of the transition that will only make their perspectives all the more valuable for this industry. I encourage you to watch.
If you’d like to hear more from Douglas on the subject of moving to IPv6 and his view on what service providers need to be doing to prepare themselves and their customers, check out his online seminar next week IPv6: The State of the Next-Gen Internet – hosted by LightReading.com.
And for those of you keeping track at home, IPv4 exhaustion is predicted by some to now be only about 400 days away!