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On IPv6 Day, Survey Shows Lack Of Preparedness For IP Address Switch

A survey of IT professionals shows a lack of education and preparedness for the transition from the IPv4 system of IP addresses to the new IPv6 standard. The survey, by Infoblox, shows that 80% of about 2,400 respondents feel they are not educated enough on the subject to perform an IPv6 migration, half don’t know which of their network elements support IPv6 today, and 70% are concerned about whether they can successfully implement an IPv6 deployment.

Infoblox is one of a number of companies launching campaigns to educate network administrators and other IT professionals on the IPv6 transition. Liu hosted a webcast Tuesday on the subject. The company is also posting white papers and tutorial videos on its website and offering a free trial version of IPv6 address management software.

Similarly, Compuware, a provider of application performance management (APM) software, is offering a free IPv6 website Performance Comparison Test.

“For people who have an IPv6-ready version of their Web application, we can test side-by-side with their current IPv4 application,” says Colin Mason, Web load testing manager for the APM business at Compuware. “We show the performance difference from an end user’s perspective.”

While IPv6 is not billed as a way to improve application performance--it’s more about increasing the supply of IP addresses--Compuware tested about a dozen IPv6 Web applications and recorded increases in performance from 2% to 200%, averaging 80%, Mason says.

Compuware will be running the performance test on the cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) network of GoGrid. The company provisions blocks of IP addresses on its IaaS platform for interoperability with IPv6, says Mark Worsey, CIO of GoGrid.

See more on this topic by subscribing to Network Computing Pro Reports Best Practices: IPv6 Transition (subscription required).

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