Fed's IPv6 Plan Called a "Game Changer"

Wednesday Sep 29th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has set a 2012 deadline for government agencies to upgrade to IPv6, and that could spur industry to make the switch as well.

NetworkWorld: In a memo released today, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra sets a September 30, 2012 deadline for all U.S. agencies to upgrade their public Web services to IPv6. Internal applications must make the switch by 2014, and each agency must appoint someone to oversee the changeover.

"This [memo] is the single largest impetus for change that I've seen in the last few years," says Ram Mohan of Afilias, the organization that operates .info and some other Internet domains. "It's going to make network providers who are on the fence about IPv6 jump off the fence because the federal government is now speaking very clearly that it is going to adopt IPv6 fully. I think it will push them to make the capital investments that are necessary to adopt IPv6. It comes at a good time because this is budget season in corporate America."

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