In migrating from IPv4 to IPv6, there are five things IT organizations should know. The first is that there's little time to waste as IPv4 addresses are dwindling, and second, there's no reason for panic.
Next-generation Internet protocol is gaining ground among large Internet companies, but fewer than one-out-of-10 Internet data transfers is currently carried over IPv6, underscoring the challenges still ahead as IPv4 addresses dwindle. Experts say much of the problem has to do with misconceptions around the complexity of IPv6 migration, which they insist can be done with a small team and just a little effort.
Now that new IPv4 addresses have officially been depleted, many technology vendors are showcasing solutions to make the migration to IPv6 easier. As one IPv6 architect notes, it is not time to panic, but businesses should begin to move forward with the transition.
IT leaders view the transition from iPv4 to iPv6 as a cost rather than a strategic business move, reports a survey from the IPv6 task force. The focus has to be on communicating the benefits to come with IPv6, say industry watchers.
Motorola has rolled out its EDGE Service Assurance, a software suite that is designed to help providers manage a variety of platforms -- including broadband devices, set-tops and gateways -- in their subscribers' homes. "The evolution of the digital home is placing an increased support burden on service providers as consumers migrate to advanced gateways and multiscreen services," said Alan Lefkof of Motorola Mobility's Software Solutions group.
Frontier Communications CEO Maggie Wilderotter told a Bloomington, Ill., audience Tuesday that the telecom will invest $40 million in the state over the next year, mainly to bring broadband services to rural and small towns.