Web companies and vendors mark World IPv6 day

Major websites switched to IPv6 for day to promote need for switch to IPv6

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Web companies and vendors mark World IPv6 day World IPv6 Day was intended to draw attention to the need to transition to IPv6.
By  Mark Sutton Published  June 9, 2011

Major web companies and IT vendors marked World IPv6 Day yesterday, to promote the need to switch over to the IPv6 protocol.

Many of the web companies involved switched their main web sites to IPv6 for the day, both to test their IPv6 preparedness and raise awareness of the switch.

Over 400 organisations participated, including Google, Facebook and Yahoo!, and vendors such as Brocade, Cisco, Juniper and Huawei. Of the companies that switched their sites to IPv6, there were no major problems reported.

The current IPv4 protocol is rapidly running out of new addresses, so switching to the new protocol, which will provide trillions of new addresses, is necessary to continue to meet demand to roll out web-enabled devices.

Vendors also point out that there are inherent benefits to IPv6, such as simplifying network management; improved security, particularly for the cloud, as support for the IPsec security framework is an IPv6 mandatory requirement; improved interoperability and mobility and better collaboration.

"The explosion of Internet connected devices is driving up the need for more and more IP addresses," said Zeus Kerravala, senior vice president, global enterprise and consumer research, Yankee Group. "Because of this, the migration to IPv6 is more a matter of when rather than if. However, most organizations often overlook the added benefits of IPv6 that revolve around better security and manageability."

Brocade, which provides IPv6-ready infrastructure solutions, to enable customers to transition to the protocol, already has its main website, Brocade.com, fully IPv6 enabled on its own technologies, which the company says helps it prove the capabilities of IPv6 and share best practice with its customers.

"For more than a decade Brocade has been advancing its switching and routing platforms to help lead the charge in IPv6 preparedness," said Dave Stevens, chief technology officer and vice president, corporate development for Brocade. "Brocade has a full suite of products and technologies shipping today that are fully IPv6 capable and our customers are using them to seamlessly migrate their production networks to IPv6. As a leading example, the Brocade.com website has been IPv6 enabled for more than a year - making us one of the first networking vendors to field a native IPv6-compliant Internet presence."

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