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This paper describes the benefits of IPv6 for enterprise businesses and highlights the implementation issues and challenges a company must consider when transitioning to the new addressing technology. The historical driver for IPv6 transition has been IPv4 address depletion, which is accelerating due to global expansion of Internet connectivity particularly in Asia. Other drivers include rapid deployment and adoption of residential broadband access services such as Verizon's FiOS offering, proliferation of smart wired and wireless devices, and networking of ordinary appliances. Current industry forecasts for exhaustion of the unallocated IPv4 address space range from 2011 to 2014. Some benefits of IPv6 will require new appliances, new software, new supply chains, and new business models resulting in a virtuous cycle of positive economic development.
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