Monday, November 21, 2011

Internet census finds IPv6 adoption grows by 1,900 percent

SANTA CLARA, USA: 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 percent 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, GM 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.”

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 percent increase – from 1.27 percent in the 2010 sample to 25.4 percent 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 percent.
* The top three countries in IPv6 adoption are France, USA and Czech Republic.
* Slightly more than 2 percent of the zones surveyed were served by mail servers that support IPv6.
* Less than 1 percent 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.

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