File Transfer IPv6 Readiness
The world is out of IPv4 addresses and the time of IPv6 is at hand. This paper explores existing file transfer technology used for bulk data exchange under the lens of IPv6 and highlights issues to consider during strategic or tactical planning. Summary results from a series of IPv6 interoperability tests illuminate the findings and recommendations. Since the 1990s the IT community has known that "IPv4" blocks of IP addresses like "188.8.131.52" would soon be exhausted. In response, an "IPv6" addressing scheme that provides almost unlimited addresses was created, formalized in a series of RFCs and rolled out in networking hardware and operating systems.