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Ask These Seven Questions to See If Your Organization Is Ready for IPv6

Find out whether your organization is ready to get the benefits of IPv6

On February 3, 2011, the Number Resource Organization (NRO), along with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the Internet Society (ISOC) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) announced that the last block of IPv4 address are assigned. The next milestone on the road to IPv6 is June 8th. The ISOC organized World IPv6 Day, a worldwide interop day to which leading service providers, content providers, networking equipment manufacturers and large enterprises have signed up. The goal of this event is to evaluate the IPv6 readiness of the Internet, and to ensure user experience over IPv4 is not negatively impacted.

As an enterprise, for the World IPv6 Day, you only need to make sure your web page can be accessed natively over IPv6. For a hosted web page, the provider takes care of everything as long as it offers the service. If you host your own web page, you need to enable native IPv6 access to the Internet and provide the AAAA for the site. If you participate, I encourage you to make the most of the evaluation. Test your site access via both IPv4 and IPv6 from multiple locations. Contact partners to report on their experience of accessing the page via IPv4 or via IPv6 if available to them. Involving partners and customers in the evaluation process will positively impact their perception of your organization and its focus to preparedness.

The World IPv6 Day measures your organization’s web presence on the IPv6 Internet. This is just a small step towards measuring your company’s readiness for IPv6. The following seven questions will give you a sense of where you organization stands with respect to the IPv6 transition:

1) Did you do a risk and security assessment related to IPv6 as well as plan the implementation of the mitigation solutions?
2) Is the relevant staff trained for IPv6?
3) Has an IPv6 assessment of your infrastructure and applications been performed?
4) Did you get IPv6 address space from the RIR or you Service Provider with an addressing plan?
5) Do your service providers support IPv6 and did you negotiate the service agreements for it?
6) Are your purchasing, development and service policies and guidelines aligned for IPv6?
7) Do you have a deployment and maintenance plan in place?

The questions above represent key elements of a comprehensive IPv6 strategy. Answering yes to all of them would mean your organization is on track for an efficient and timely transition to IPv6 as business dictates. Do not underestimate the time, coordination and involvement required to become IPv6-Ready.

This is a re-post with permission of a blog by TechnoDyne's Dr. Chip Popoviciu.

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