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6 Things Every VAR Should Know About The IPv6 Transition

In honor of World IPv6 Day, solution providers and IPv6 experts break it down for CRN: What's the channel need to know about the IPv6 transition?

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It's Mandated For The Federal Government

For solution providers that deal all or in some part with the federal government, IPv6 isn't a suggestion -- it's a mandate. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has pushed IPv6 transition requirements on federal agencies since 2005, and the latest word on transitions from the feds came down last fall.

According to a late September 2010 memo from Federal CIO Vivek Kundra, all federal agencies need to upgrade public/external facing services to native IPv6 by the end of the 2012 fiscal year, as well as upgrade internal client applications that communicate with public Internet servers and supporting enterprise networks to operationally use native IPv6 by the end of the 2014 fiscal year. Government agencies also need to have designated an IPv6 Transition Manager, and ensure that all agency procurements of networked IT comply with the requirements for use of USGv6 Profile and Test Program for evaluating IPv6 readiness.

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