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Many organizations ready to turn IPv6 on for good

By Donna Donnawitz
January 23, 2012
Last June, a significant number of internet service providers, web-based companies and other organizations turned IPv6 on for World IPv6 Day. The event was designed to gauge whether or not the protocol was ready for large-scale deployment, and evaluate what needed to be done moving forward. This year, the Internet Society plans to expand on last year's success, with World IPv6 Launch.

The event will take place on June 6, 2012, and will see many internet service providers, device manufacturers and web companies enable IPv6 permanently within their networks, infrastructure and services. This represents a major stride for the emerging protocol, as it shows that many organizations are not only technologically ready for IPv6, but also see enough of a market for the protocol that they are willing to turn it on.

The Internet Society is sponsoring this launch day, which signifies that IPv6 is truly emerging as the future of the internet. Leslie Daigle, chief internet technology officer for the Internet Society, explained that the IPv6 Launch day illustrates that the world is much closer to being ready for IPv6, as a number of major companies are planning to formally make the transition to the new protocol.

"The fact that leading companies across several industries are making significant commitments to participate in World IPv6 Launch is yet another indication that IPv6 is no longer a lab experiment; it's here and is an important next step in the Internet’s evolution. And, as there are more IPv6 services, it becomes increasingly important for companies to accelerate their own deployment plans," said Daigle.

Transitioning to IPv6 has become imperative for the future of the internet. The number of available IPv4 addresses is falling fast, and addresses are already depleted in some regions.

However, trends in building automation are leading to businesses connecting everything from lighting to ventilation to the network. At the same time, smart grid is moving utility to the internet and mobile devices are pushing businesses to support a wider and larger range of platforms connecting to their network. This makes the move to IPv6 critical to support the internet's rising role in the world. Without the new protocol, organizations and service providers would need to employ complex and possibly insecure network address translation tools that can clog the network and limit innovation within the sector.

Perle’s serial to Ethernet converters connect serial based equipment across an Ethernet network. The Perle IOLAN range of Console Servers, Device Servers and Terminal Servers feature built-in support for IPv6 along with a broad range of authentication methods and encryption technologies.


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