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Many organizations face future disruption to mission-critical systems due to failure to prepare for IPv6

Many companies not ready for IPv6: Ipswitch poll. The time to act is now!

Ipswitch Inc.’s Network Management Division has released the results of an online survey which asked network professionals how ready their networks are to transition to the new IPv6 protocol. The survey results, which included more than 600 respondents, were revealed at the Interop 2011 conference in Las Vegas.

The poll, which asked “What percentage of your network infrastructure is IPv6 ready?” produced results showing that 88.0 percent of business networks were not fully ready for the change, with two thirds (66.1 percent) saying their networks are only 0-20 percent ready, despite the fact that the last blocks of IPv4 addresses have already been allocated.

The full results were:

• 0-20% - 66.1%
• 20-40% - 9.6%
• 40-60% - 6.5%
• 60-80% - 5.8%
• 80-100% - 12.0%

“While IPv6 provides the ability to greatly expand the number of devices on the Internet, it also poses migration, compatibility and management challenges for today’s IPv4-based networks,” said Kevin Gillis, vice president of product management and strategy at Ipswitch Inc.’s Network Management Division. “Our poll shows the need for companies to develop transition strategies in order to increase IPv6 readiness among enterprise networks and prevent any future disruption to mission-critical systems.”

IPv6 is a next-generation IP protocol designed to replace IPv4, the Internet protocol most commonly used throughout the world and the foundation for most Internet communications. With the number of available IPv4 addresses quickly running out, transitioning to IPv6 will soon become a requirement for enterprise networks. IPv6 enables significant expansion of the IP addresses needed to accommodate the continuously growing number of worldwide Internet users, and provides additional security features for Internet traffic.

In order to accelerate IPv6 deployment, ‘World IPv6 Day’ will be held on June 8, 2011, when several major websites, including Google, Facebook and Yahoo, will enable IPv6 on their main services for 24 hours.

For more information regarding the above survey or for complete results, please visit www.whatsupgold.com

•Date: 12th May 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT Continuity

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