I mentioned last month that following several reports by Frost &
Sullivan, people are being urged to prepare for a move to IPv6. It
seems more analysts are urging companies to start planning as the switch
to IPv6 comes ever closer. An article in this weeks computer weekly
further backs this stance. Arif Mohamed writes that while Operating
Systems such a Windows Vista, OS-X and Linux all have IPv6 installed by
default--network devices such as routers, switches and printers should
be reviewed sooner rather than later, as some will need to be replaced
due to incomparability with the new protocol.
Michael Disablo, vice president of analyst firm Burton Group warned "It
is essential to plan for IPv6. Eventually you will need to upgrade".
Neil Richard, research vice president at Gartner said "Migrating to IPv6
is a huge undertaking, at least as big and complicated as Y2K projects,
if not more so".
I wonder whether we'll see a last minute panic when the world moves to
IPv6, much like the mass hysteria which surrounded Y2K? If you have
experience and a full understanding of IPv6 at this time, there may well
be some great opportunities in consulting!