The Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) rollout appears to be moving slowly. A recent Internet Society announcement that IPv6 users have reached two per cent of total internet traffic (as measured by hits on Google’s web servers) seems to corroborate this perception. While a two per cent penetration represents a doubling of IPv6 traffic since last year, the total is, as yet, unimpressive.
Of course, deploying IPv6 is not a trivial undertaking. Whilst recent vintage networking equipment natively supports IPv6, operational aspects require careful attention. Organisations must be able to provide, monitor, troubleshoot, secure and manage their networks. IPv6 adds an entirely new dimension to current network management systems and procedures designed for managing an IPv4 network. At a basic level, this evolution to managing a dual protocol IPv4-IPv6 network first requires assessment of current systems’ capabilities, identification of mitigation steps required, planning for training of IT, networking and assisting desk staff, tabulation of a resource budget to perform such mitigation and training, and then planning and executing the IPv6 rollout. [Read more...]