Thursday, November 03, 2005

IPv6 - IT Professionals need to keep any eye out

I have been doing more reading and research on IPv6 and I must admit there are going to be some major barriers for IT Professionals to get over before they are going to feel comfortable running it on their networks. My biggest concern is the fact that many people will have next to no lab or practice time using it before they will be asked to deploy it! And with Windows Vista having IPv6 on by default and Longhorn Server also doing the same the Enterprise landscape is going to change very rapidly as server teams start turning up these new OS's. I would not be surprised to see a backlash from the networking teams in regards to having IPv6 running over their IPv4 network infrastructure. I don't know of a lot of shops that are running any sort of native IPv6 networks or test labs currently.
The next question is how fast service providers are going to offer native IPv6 offerings or transition services.
- Ed

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