Vint Cerf, the father of the Internet, says that the Internet is running out of web addresses. We decided to walk the Interop Expo and see if exhibitors agree. The fix is IPv6 which has been around but the uptick has been slow but that is changing.
Thankfully, the companies that recognize this as an issue and are open to the challenge were more than happy to chat with us about it. However, it does seem like many companies are trying to control the message when it comes to IPv6 adoption. We recognized that most people first approached tried to steer us towards marketing reps before committing to a response. We decided to push anyway and got many great responses from Product Managers, Sales Engineers and Senior IT folks, as well.
“MRV has an 80% adoption in our gear,” said Isaac Kim, Director, Optical Transit at MRV. “Most of the influence was driven by our military clients with some push out of Europe, as well. We’re seeing this as a growing trend and are prepared.”
Dyn has a full-fledged IPv6 adoption plan in place that is shared on our website, further cementing our stance on total transparency. dyn.com/about-ipv6plan
Some of the highlights from the quick study:
* 17 companies surveyed right at the start of Interop Las Vegas.
– Full Adoption- 10 companies
– Roadmap- four companies
– No public comment given- three companies
* Every company who gave a response either had full adoption or had a planned strategy in place.
* The big dogs plead the 5th. Many of the large transit providers including Verizon and Qwest simply said “no comment”.
* Overall influence is government/military based. Lots of comments about AsiaPac leading the charge.
* Seems to be viewed as more of a trend with lots of chatter and buzz. The consensus is that companies are taking it seriously.
* Polycom – Driven by APAC. Japan wanted it the most. Support in all HD video.
* Xirrus – Original mandate from government. Full IPv6 in Japan
* Force10 Networks – Asia cares. Full adoption in all products. Government is driving implementation.
* Breaking point – US government is doing a lot on the test side of things.
* Shoretel – Not seeing serious customer demand. On roadmap at the edge, but more based on buzz.
And the videos: