Santa Clara, California, United States:
Infoblox Inc. announced results of an IPv6
Census conducted by the Measurement Factory and sponsored by Infoblox.
The census revealed that the percentage of zones under .com, .net
and .org that support IPv6 has increased by 1,900% over the past
12 months. According to the census, this dramatic increase can be
primarily attributed to the introduction of support of IPv6 by a single
registrar, Go Daddy.
As the global supply of IPv4 addresses continues to dwindle, supporting
IPv6 is becoming an inescapable requirement and will become a business
imperative for organizations with an Internet presence. Organizations
will need to support the rapidly growing number of customer, partner and
visitor IPv6-enabled devices that access their Internet presence.
Encouraging registrars and service providers to support IPv6,
establishing a prudent migration plan and testing transition
technologies are essential to successful adoption of IPv6, which will
provide businesses with flexibility and room to grow.
“If your external presence only supports IPv4, then the only devices
that can communicate with you will be those with IPv4 addresses,” says
Cricket Liu, General Manager of the Infoblox IPv6 Center of Excellence.
“To the growing population of pure IPv6 devices, you’re invisible. We
can’t ignore the emerging competitive advantages of IPv6, but we also
don’t need to adopt IPv6 in one great, costly leap. Focus first on
providing IPv6 to the outside world and then work inward in stages. Do
this and IPv6
deployment will be relatively painless and prove to be a valuable
long-term investment for business growth.”
Data Reveals IPv6 Support by Registrars Can Increase Adoption
The script-based, automated census of IPv6 support by a percentage of .com,
.net and .org Internet subdomains revealed:
A 1,900% increase – from 1.27% in the 2010 sample to 25.4% in the 2011
sample – in the zones that support IPv6.
IPv6 adoption by popular registrar Go Daddy represents a significant
portion of the growth.
Factoring out Go Daddy’s contribution, the percentage of zones that
support IPv6 increased organically more than two-fold over the
previous year to over 3%.
The top three countries in IPv6 adoption are France, the U.S. and the
Slightly more than 2% of the zones surveyed were served by mail
servers that support IPv6.
Less than 1% of the zones had IPv6-enabled web servers.
Go Daddy’s adoption of IPv6 illustrates how a single large registrar can
have substantial influence on global IPv6 adoption. The high percentages
of IPv6 support in France and the Czech Republic are also attributable
to adoption by a few registrars: Gandi and OVH in France and Active 24
in the Czech Republic.
Next Steps for Businesses and Internet Users
A significant percentage of businesses run on the registrars’ networks,
relying on the registrars’ systems for email and a web presence, which
don’t predominantly support IPv6 yet. If the registrars added IPv6
support for email and web servers, a significant impediment to those
businesses’ enabling IPv6 would be removed and adoption gains could
jump. If a registrar isn’t supporting IPv6, it creates a serious
obstacle to any business wanting to implement IPv6 for its external
Further, if registrars and service providers are slow in supporting IPv6
and use a cobbled-together approach to transition technologies, end
users with IPv6 devices may experience latency, poor performance or no
connectivity, which can prompt customer desertion. Suggested next steps
to prevent this:
Registrars should start fully supporting IPv6 externally on name
servers and their email and web servers.
End-user organizations should ask their registrars about plans to
support IPv6 and consider alternatives if they don’t get a good answer.
End-user organizations should make sure they have a domain name system
(DNS) implementation that fully supports IPv6.
Useful Resources to Help Manage the IPv6 Transition
To learn more about IPv6 enablement, myths and best practices, the Infoblox
IPv6 Center of Excellence offers video tutorials, free trial
software, white papers and transition tools. Infoblox also will be
hosting a “Best
Practices for IPv6” webinar for enterprise IT professionals on Dec.
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Jennifer Jasper, 408-625-4309