The IPv6 Internet for the Next Thousand (Ten Thousand?) Years!

June 6, 2012 - 2 Comments

Today marks a huge milestone in the networking industry – the official launch by the Internet Society (ISOC) of the new IPv6-based Internet helps ensure its continued growth and impact on the world economy. This new Internet has been in the works for over two decades, including the publication of the first IPv6 standard (RFC2460) by Steven Deering of Cisco and Robert Hinden of Nokia. Since then the industry has made incredible investments in technology to reach this successful achievement including today’s official participation of over 2000 websites and 50+ network operators. According to some of our own calculations we’re estimating that 30% of the world’s web pages are now directly reachable by IPv6.

For us at Cisco on our Service Provider Marketing team, it’s been an exciting journey. We first sought to make the industry challenge imposed by the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses more widely understood by a non-technical audience. Hence our effort at some humor with the award-winning “Office” video to illustrate what happens when the IP addresses run out. Since World IPv6 Day in 2011, the subject has received mainstream media coverage. Meanwhile, our engineers have continued to work feverishly to ensure that our solutions could deliver the IPv6 capabilities our customers demanded. All this work came together in the successful third-party validation of our technology via the industry’s only public end-to-end “Megatest” of IPv6 performance completed earlier this year by Light Reading and EANTC.

So what are the next steps for network operators?

Got a plan? If you’ve got an IPv6 implementation plan – terrific! You are prepared to prosper with the new IPv6 Internet and able to both offer new services and leverage the operational efficiencies that IPv6 technology enables.

No plan, or unsure, or incomplete plan? No problem! We can help. Cisco Professional Services can develop a plan which preserves your current services while preparing to deploy IPv6 and then prospering with new IPv6-enabled services in the future–all manageable via Cisco Prime Network Registrar. In the meantime you’ll want to read about the economics of IPv6 deployment, or learn more about our Carrier-Grade IPv6 Solution. Contact your Cisco account team for more information.

Let’s hear from Edwin Paalvast, Senior Vice President for Service Provider, who discusses the impact of World IPv6 Launch on network operators across the globe:

Regardless of your size, geography, or customer base I’m sure you’ll agree that today marks a monumental milestone in the evolution of the Internet. We congratulate everyone across the industry for this achievement.


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  1. IPv6 addresses are wonderful to remember. OK, maybe not IPv6 within the local network but still…

  2. You need a sequel to the “Office” video. That was hilarious.