IPv6 transition warnings fall on deaf ears

Despite extensive publicity around the move to IPv6, it seems that there has been a large amount of shoulder shrugging from businesses.

A report from analysts at Ovum shows that there is a continued resistance amongst many businesses to take the bold leap into the new IP address book.

This is despite the international day of revelry that was World IPv6 Day.

Even such large scale publicity has fallen on deaf ears as far as many enterprises are concerned.

Many are ignoring calls to migrate to IPv6, with a relaxed attitude that shows they believe it is actually necessary to make the transition.

This has lead to IPv6 traffic accounting for less than three percent of all traffic, despite considerable fanfare.

Another problem is that many are still not even aware of the problem. They must not have heard the wails of joy from TechEye’s bunting-strewn World IPv6 Day street party – or erroneously believe they are already IPv6 ready.

There was some hope that businesses will get off their collective behind soon, with the growing number of smartphones and other mobile devices being assigned IPv6 addresses.

Also it is thought that the leader in IPv6 adoption, the Asia/Pacific region, will help push uptake.

“Asia Pacific is leading the transition as they have run out of IPv4 addresses generally available,” report author Mike Sapien told TechEye. “All other regions are still very slowly making the move.

“The good news is that AP is a fast growing region and many companies want and need to do business there so there will more motivation to make the move.

According to Mike Sapien, there’s a need for education to raise awareness.

Sapien points to “continued education and increased awareness of when the customers will need to make the move, and which situations will cause the need to transition.”

“It might have helped for the internet and carrier service providers to share what they were doing and explaining when they have (or will have) general availability for native IPv6 transport within the it respective networks. Most providers are rolling this out in phased regional deployments. 

“Generally it is the enterprise IT decision makers and CIOs who are feeling comfortable with their plentiful IPv4 addresses in hand,” Sapien continues.

“It is incumbent upon the industry to explain what interim steps are taking place within the internet and web services to make the ‘translation’ or ‘tunneling’ for IPv4 to IPv6 conversion.” 

This is echoed by Nominet IT director Simon McCalla, who told TechEye that persuading businesses to make the jump is a slow process.

“Doing the right thing takes time,” he said, “and we are trying to put this on the roadmap, which means continual reminders are needed.”

“But not everyone is seeing this as urgent right now.

“The level of urgency differs between businesses in terms of plans of growth and expansion of internet connectivity.”

With all the major publicity about the need to jump on IPv6 falling on deaf ears, McCalla believes a measured approach is required.

“There is a danger of creating a Y2K style hysteria, and this should of course be avoided.

“It is a case of continually reminding CIOs and CEOs to make this a priority.”