Recent milestones for the depletion of IPv4 addresses, coupled with a stepped-up effort by vendors to market their products and services as IPv6-ready, have created plenty of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) around IPv6. The transition, experts say, is no Y2K scenario, where a period of urgency is going to grow as businesses approach a hard and fast deadline.
That said, according to VARs, it is the right time to give IPv6 assessment a good long look.
"This not a new subject, for starters," said Rodney Thayer, a security integrator with RSG Model Works. "But the timeframe is right to look at it. People see the address exhaustion that happened in February, and you can now draw a line between here and some day in the future where you'll need a public IP address for a new site and you won't be able to get it in in a V4 flavor."