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New Zealand IPv6 task force announces service directory to smooth transitions

By Max Burkhalter
March 22, 2011
Regardless of what stage a company has reached in its transition to an IPv6-based architecture - from initial study to near-completion - the New Zealand IPv6 Task Force stated that resources would be made available to help make the process as smooth as possible.

The group announced the launch of an online directory listing a range of companies - including consultants, trainers, vendors and IT integrators - this week, and urged service providers that can help with the process to apply to be listed as well, emphasizing that the directory is a work in progress.

More than 20 prominent organizations in New Zealand are moving to adapt their systems to the new internet protocol, the task force stated, including Fujitsu, the University of Auckland and the country's Department of Internal Affairs.

The rapidly dwindling stock of internet addresses possible under the current IPv4 standard is the primary impetus behind the broadening adoption of IPv6, but serious challenges await businesses and other groups that try to update their systems without a detailed plan or outside assistance, experts say.

The convenor of the IPv6 Task Force, Murray Milner, said in the announcement of the directory that the process of transitioning to IPv6 should be viewed as a journey, with numerous complex steps along the way.

To help promote greater awareness of the need for a large-scale transition to IPv6 standard and to test the readiness of the internet in general to deal with the new framework, June 8 has been designated World IPv6 Day. Some of the most popular websites in the world have all pledged to use the newer protocol for 24 hours, including Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Akamai and Cisco, allowing for a snapshot of issues that may be faced after a more general switchover and possible insight into solutions.

The current technologies used as workarounds between IPv6 and IPv4 systems tend to have performance and stability issues, but a worldwide transition to IPv6 as a native standard should allow for the type of seamless connectivity internet users have become used to, according to experts.


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