By Yanick Pouffary
It finally happened! It’s been one of those phenomena, like global warming, that experts have predicted for years but seemed far enough away that there was no need for panic. But last year we ran out of IPv4 Internet addresses at the global level. The explosion in smartphones, tablets, and Internet-connected things—sensors, automobiles, and buildings—drove us over the top.
The solution—IPv6—has also been around for years. Network equipment manufacturers have been building dual IPv4/IPv6 stacks into network interfaces. There have been pilots and trials. But most enterprises, which see the Internet as the new path to their customers, have been content to wait for the inevitable. After all, network address translation (NAT) lets networks of users with their own private address space hide behind routers that hand out a limited number of shared addresses for communication with the larger Internet world.
But NAT has only been a stopgap. It’s a bottleneck that degrades performance and hides end-user devices from the Internet. And that prevents Internet users from playing the full role the Internet and social media promise. It also shuts businesses off from the very customers they are trying to reach.
June 6th is IPv6 World Launch Day. After previous pilots and trials, major Internet content providers like Google, Facebook, Microsoft Bing, and Yahoo are turning on IPv6 permanently. They’ll continue to run dual stacks, so your IPv4 interfaces can access them for now, but remember, without IPv6 you will not be able to reach any IPv6-only content. The IPv6 World Launch Day signals a new chapter for network providers and network users. And it’s time for enterprises to turn the page.
My session at HP Discover 2012 will help you understand what you must do to make the transition. I’ll show you how to assess your readiness. I’ll share a transition methodology that has worked for many enterprises. And I’ll highlight the things you must do to enable the transition now. Be sure to also check out the session by Tony Bolton from HP IT Global Telecommunications. He’ll share HP’s own network strategy and talk about the benefits we expect.
IPv6 is inevitable, and it’s time to get started—not doing so is a business continuity issue. We can help. Let’s talk!
Learn how HP IPv6 Consulting Services can help ease your IPv6 transition.
Yanick Pouffary is a chief architect and distinguished technologist and strategist within the HP Technology Services Office of the HP CTO. She works within HP and with our customers to help them successfully adapt and take advantage of the changing world of Internet technology. She is HP IPv6 worldwide global leader. She is also an IPv6 forum fellow and North American task force director who helps define IPv6 strategic, technical and economic direction in the context of innovative integration and social developments. She is a strategic advisor to governments and enterprises on the topic of IPv6 transition.