Did you miss the “Ask Me Anything” session about IPv6 on Jan. 10th with our panel of experts? Don’t worry, we will recap the important takeaways for you.
If you are an enterprise and have not answered the questions below, you have already fallen behind.
How are you managing the IPv6 that is already running on your network today?
How will you interface with IoT networks and devices and cloud data-centers that rely exclusively on IPv6?
How many of the 70 million IPv6 users in the US alone may be having trouble accessing your IPv4-only web content?
Since World IPv6 Launch in 2012, IPv6 adoption has continued to expand across many industries and enterprises. During the initial stages, a lot was invested in spelling IP addressing doom with headlines like “The internet has run out of IP addresses…” We did not fall off a cliff but we have not done everything we said we would once everyone got past the headlines. Just because IPv6 is not in the headlines, doesn’t mean it’s not as important as ever.
According to Cisco, 30% of the U.S. Internet traffic hitting Google is via IPv6,and in as soon as two years, more than 50% of the global Internet traffic hitting Google will be via IPv6 (at which point IPv4 will officially become the “legacy Internet Protocol.” Those that have held off on IPv6 adoption may find themselves soon paying more to simply keep using IPv4 with service providers and mobile operators like Amazon, Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink (Level3), Comcast, and many others. Enterprises that have not made the shift might also find themselves paying more for hardware and software to ensure backward compatibility.
If cost is not enough of a driver, we should also consider that enterprise networks cannot support the adoption of IoT, Docker (containers) and the migration to becoming a cloud-first business without the adoption of IPv6. IoT needs the scalability that IPv6 addressing provides. Cloud computing and containers also need address space and provisioning agility. IPv6 offers unlimited room for growth and enhanced auto-addressing that IPv4 doesn’t.
The bottom line? Stop coming up with reasons why your company or enterprise can’t make the switch. If cost or the ability to support the future of your business are not compelling enough, you should note that IPv6 is already running in your network! It is imperative that you put the infrastructure in place to effectively manage your IPv6 networks, control the cost of your operations and stay prepared to support the needs of your business. Our panel of experts, and thought leaders like them, will carry the mantle and drive the movement to accelerate the adoption, even if it means talking one-on-one with every last network administrator and operator.