On June 6, 2012, thousands of Internet service providers and websites around the world will permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services for World IPv6 Launch. The event, a follow-up to 2011's World IPv6 Day, is organized by the Internet Society.
In addition to the 'Launch' term being used for this year's event, more customers are starting to realise the importance of addressing support for IPv6 now. Although an obvious catalyst is the lack of IPv4 address space, Ovum has seen other factors in the migration or transition to IPv6. The proliferation of devices, mobile access to resources and B2C applications are driving customers to support IPv6. In addition, this isn't really a complete migration - it is more of a dual-support capability that will be enabled for many years to come. Ovum research for an upcoming IPv6 report has revealed that B2C applications are one of the common drivers for customers, including service providers, moving to IPv6.
Government regulations will also drive this support. We are increasingly seeing government promoting deployment of IPv6. This combined with mobile device support and mobile access to web resources are the main drivers for most businesses. Customers will need to take a good inventory of their IT resources that are now IPv4, have a phased plan for dual IPv4/IPv6 support and implement this plan. This planning also needs to include third-party partners, resources and links that can be easily overlooked. Now is the time for customers to go beyond planning and get to the test and implement phase.
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