Gartner Research

Internet Protocol Version 6: It's Time for (Limited) Action

Published: 08 December 2010

ID: G00209084

Analyst(s): Neil Rickard

Summary

Most enterprises have enough IPv4 addresses for their needs, but parts of the public Internet will migrate to IPv6, which means they will need an IPv6 Internet presence by 2014, at the latest. Due to the challenges of deploying IPv6, enterprises should do the minimum required to satisfy their needs.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • IPv6 Benefits — It's All About Address Space
  • The Challenges of IPv6
  • How Should Different Types of Organizations Respond to the Challenges of IPv6?
    • The IPv6 Mandate
    • Those Needing Millions of New Public IP Addresses
    • Everyone Else
  • Action Plan for Enterprises
    • Conduct an Inventory of IPv4 Address Utilization
    • Create an Inventory of IPv6 Readiness of the IT Estate
    • Begin Staff Training
    • Develop an IPv6 Road Map
    • Make IPv6 Support a Requirement for Equipment and Service Purchasing

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