New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Computing & Information Technology
On September 24th, 2015 the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) became the fourth Regional Internet Registry (RIR) to exhaust is free pool of IPv4 addresses. Only the Internet Numbers Registry for Africa (AFRINIC) has IPv4 address space remaining for allocation. With four of the five RIRs now having exhausted their IPv4 pools, the adoption and use of IPv6 is rapidly accelerating. To better understand this disruptive transition of the Internet, up to date empirical evidence is needed on the current state and pace of IPv6 adoption and the implications to all organizations. The research findings presented are a continuation and an extension of a previous study by Czyz, Lekel-Johnson, Allman, Osterweil, Zhang, and Bailey (2014) conducted to empirically understand the adoption of IPv6 as the Internet transitions to the next generation IP protocol. In this study we measure IPv6 adoption at a global level using five metrics gleaned from publicly accessible datasets: IPv6 address allocation, IPv6 prefix advertisements, IPv6-enabled top-level domains and name servers, IPv6 client support, and IPv6 Internet performance. Presented are two years of data beginning December of 2013, where Czyz et al. concluded their study, through December of 2015, to provide an up-to-date assessment of the current state of IPv6 adoption. Finally, we address the implications of the sudden uptick in IPv6 adoption, as it continues on an exponential track of expansion. The long awaited transition from IPv4 to IPv6 has implications for all organizations who will soon be making the migration; many of which may not be prepared for how to systematically approach such an undertaking. Factors such as project planning, IPv6 saturation, infrastructure assessment, policy redesign, and network continuity are discussed as key areas that will need to be addressed as organizations begin to adopt IPv6.
Pickard, J., & Southworth, J. B. (2016, June), The State of IPv6: Measuring Global Adoption Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27022
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