Most Organizations Haven’t Transitioned from IPv4 to IPv6, Survey Reveals

For years the story around Internet Protocol Version 6, also known as IPv6, has been the same: IPv4 addresses are running out. Eventually, you’re going to have to transition.

The clock started ticking in 2015 when ARIN ran out of IPv4 addresses… or so it seemed. Two years later, many IT departments are still operating “business as usual,” with no plans in the immediate future to transition from IPv4 to IPv6. With the exhaustion of the IPv4 address space, why are more organizations not transitioning to the new protocol? And how can IT start planning and preparing now to make the eventual switch smooth?  

Our second annual survey on IT’s transition to IPv6 sought to answer these questions. We asked over 100 IT professionals about their IPv6 readiness—has your organization transitioned? If not, when do you plan to do so? What are your top concerns? What we found was that although IPv6 deployment is growing in 2017, large enterprises are mainly the ones making the move to IPv6, while small-to-mid-size businesses are currently in the waiting or planning stages.

Get your copy of the 2017 IPv6 report here

I’d encourage you to download the full report to get all the details and strategies shared by the IT professionals who responded. As a brief teaser, here are three of the most interesting stats and takeaways.

2017 IPv6 Survey Highlights

Only 10 percent of organizations have deployed IPv6 in 2017

In our 2016 survey, 7 percent of respondents reported having deployed IPv6. In 2017 that number jumped to 10 percent. This is growth—albeit slow.

Is the seemingly slow growth surprising? Frankly, no. Unless your internet service provider is forcing your business to transition, you can likely continue to run IPv4 for the foreseeable future. As organizations no longer need IPv4 addresses (either from transitioning to IPv6, going out of business, consolidating equipment, etc.), they get recycled for others to use, making it possible to stick with IPv4 for now. This reuse of IPv4 addresses likely explains why 34 percent of survey respondents are not sure when they’ll deploy IPv6.

If your business is in this boat, the best course of action for now is to plan your deployment, investigate if your current hardware supports IPv6, and monitor your network performance so that when it’s time to transition, you’re ready.

Dual-stack implementation is the most popular transition mechanism

Forty-eight percent of respondents plan to transition to iPv6 via dual-stack implementation, in which network equipment can run on both IPv4 and IPv6. Although dual-stack hardware is typically more expensive, it will be one of the easiest ways to transition.

IT pros are concerned about the time and manpower transitions will require

Forty-eight percent of those surveyed said time/manpower limitations are a top concern for them, and forty-six percent said they are concerned about the complexity of the network upgrade.

If you work for a small business, your transition will be less daunting. Organizations with larger networks will likely face more time and costs involved. Scoping out the size and complexity of the transition now can help you set a timeline and realistic budget.

I’m excited to share the full 2017 report with you. Download the IPv6 survey results here.

Curious to go deeper? Join us for our upcoming webinar on April 28th—details below!  

[Webinar] What You Need to Know About IPv6 in 2017

Get up to speed on all things IPv6. On April 28th we’re inviting guest IPv6 expert Jeff Harrington of NYSERNet to share an overview of the protocol, plus tips and practical advice for planning your transition.