Thursday, December 15, 2011
In 2012, a number of emerging network trends are expected to become focal points in the industry, leading to significant infrastructure shifts for businesses of all sizes, according to recent predictions from network testing specialist Ixia.
The company anticipates a number of significant trends will gain leverage during the new year, creating an environment in which many organizations are making changes to their network infrastructure. One such shift comes in the form of IPv6.
The coexistence of IPv4 and IPv6 is rapidly becoming a reality, and 2012 will witness significant investments in IPv6 infrastructure that make the emerging protocol even more important. According to the survey, this development is being driven by two primary factors, the first of which is the rising number of governments pushing for IPv6 deployment across sectors.
The study explained that the United States, Germany, Australia and many other countries have pushed for IPv6 progress, creating waves across non-government industries as well. This is clear in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, in which public sector entities encourage private organizations to shift to supporting new technologies. Netherlands, for example, is offering financial rewards for businesses that make progress in IPv6 migration.
Service providers are the second group fueling the move to IPv6, as their already active transitioning of migration networks to the new protocol will gain even more strength as 2012 rolls along, according to Ixia.
Network upgrades designed to support cloud computing initiatives are also expected to play a major role in enterprise plans for 2012. Ixia predicts cloud vendors will lead this charge, as they work to enhance their network infrastructure in an effort to improve reliability, availability and application delivery performance to gain competitive leverage over their peers. This move to upgrade network infrastructure to support the cloud comes as more customers raise their service expectations and vendors need to increase their ability to guarantee service levels.
In many ways, IPv6 and cloud computing are intertwined. As more vendors begin moving their data center infrastructure into the IPv6 realm, businesses will need to respond by adapting their network architectures to handle the new protocol. Otherwise, data transmission may be slowed by superfluous network address translation processes and other measures that help make IPv6 work on a network designed to exclusively handle IPv4.
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