What Does it Take to Go IPV6?
It’s true, we’ve been hearing about IP address exhaustion for years. But last month, we heard an additional warning siren: the last available IPv4 addresses were allocated this month by Icann, the international body responsible for the distribution of IP addresses to Regional Internet Registries. Our local ISPs are expected to allocate all remaining addresses by 2014.
• The migration to IPv6 requires coordinated efforts within multiple domains – the Internet, carrier networks, data centers, consumer devices and applications – each with its own challenges and constraints, and each at its own pace.
• Unlike the Y2K switchover, IPv6 requires a phased migration process that will likely continue for 10 years or more.
• There is no definitive standard solution for IPv4/IPv6 interoperability.
• Machine-to-machine connectivity, implemented on an array of “things,” will become a common feature of our daily lives. Up to 50 billion connected devices are forecasted for deployment by the year 2020.
• Cloud computing. Huge data centers will appear, housing hundreds of thousands of servers, each with multiple cores and running several virtual machines.