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He sees several key opportunities for the channel. The first involves the migrations themselves. Another opportunity involves consulting services around security, interoperability and similar challenges. “They also need to really push the vendors towards building solutions around this encapsulation issues,” he added. “There are some partial solutions out there, but nobody has really figured out how to solve the security risks overall.”
Herberger also believes that, before the problem is resolved, the industry will come to the realization that full-scale migration to IPv6, at all levels of the network, should have been mandated.
“I believe that history will show that we should have basically migrated over a short period of time entirely to one standard. In that case, you would not allow Version 4 to even be routable in the future.”
The June 6 deadline imposed by the Internet Society (ISOC) is also a bit of a formality. A number of the large-scale service providers, DNS and CDN providers, and other key players, have already made the switch. Most mobile providers who have adopted LTE 4G infrastructures have built around this networking principle already with mobile devices, by default, connecting to the Internet via IPv6 assignments.
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