Guest Column | October 10, 2012

Managing The Transition To IPv6

Greg Smith of Citrix discusses practical tips for implementation as well as the benefits of IPv6

On June 6, 2012, many large Internet properties and Internet service providers (ISPs) enabled support for public IPv6 addresses. What this means for the average Internet user is a higher degree of confidence that the websites they access now and in the future will continue to be available from any device, anywhere in the world as this new standard is increasingly adopted.

Participants included Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Free Telecom, AT&T, Time Warner and Comcast. Such broad-based support for IPv6 does not mean that IPv4 will be turned off. It simply signals that mainstream production deployments will support both IPv4 and IPv6 technologies.

The primary motivation to support IPv6 is the standard’s nearly unlimited space for Internet addresses. There are, however, other advantages that benefit web site operators, Internet service providers (ISPs) and Internet users.