It’s worth highlighting an interesting blog by George Michaelson at APNIC Labs who considers some of the operational and business support challenges of deploying IPv6.
He argues that whilst enabling IPv6 may be relatively straightforward nowadays, there are significant challenges to adapting the network management and monitoring systems such as address assignment, reverse DNS, SNMP and even MySQL databases needed to support IPv6 networks.
Adapting these systems is not necessarily difficult and there is documentation to re-write legacy code, but this still requires substantial work on the part of network providers. However, with an increasing number of IPv6 supporting networks being rolled-out in the US, it is expected this will increasingly drive IPv6 support at the applications level.
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