As 2013 drew to a close, Deloitte unleashed their Tech Trends report that emphasised how important it is for the business to plan for IPv6. This is not something that is exclusive to the bright internet lights of the
South African Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have the ability and infrastructure to engage in the transition, but uptake is academic. Why? There has been no pressure to change over and, in spite of the advantages of running an IPv6 network, businesses are forced to stagger through the network protocols and problems presented by IPv4.
According to the same report mentioned above, Deloitte points out how connected computing has become an inherent part of business and pleasure and address spaces are running out. Now that devices are everywhere and everything can be connected, especially with the rising star that is Internet of Things (IoT), addresses are the key to maintaining connectivity and are now a scarce resource in IPv4.
The report stated, "IPv6 is a bit like
It isn't the government that's causing the problem, it is that South African ISPs haven't taken responsibility to create an IPv6 infrastructure and today there are only single IPv6 prefixes available from the local ISPs. When consider how it is more secure, bypasses the issues of network segmentation, allows for unlimited address capability and can open up business opportunities internationally, it is worth being concerned about the slow delivery in
While organisations won't necessarily feel the
The question now is when the business can expect support from the ISP - there was hype in 2010 and a show and a conference, but five years later there is only static. There is an old Chinese curse that says, "May you live in interesting times," and for the internet that day has arrived...
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