In the first large-scale test of basic enterprise networking with IPv6, applications using the next-generation IP in real-world conditions passed muster. Until recently, most of the attention on IPv6 has concentrated on the network backbone, but this summer’s tests at the University of New Hampshire’s InterOperability Laboratory (IOL) focused instead on applications.
“We’ve hit the core, but we’ve only scratched the surface of IPv6 for enterprise [information technology] systems,” said Erica Johnson, IPv6 consortium manager at IOL. “As we keep seeing, there are always going to be implementation hurdles, lessons learned, proprietary applications and devices that don’t support IPv6 yet, so the more testing, the sooner, the better.”
Applications for collaboration, file creation, sharing and printing worked, but there were a few bumps.
“Most issues were implementations, not the protocols, and this suggests that for system admins there may be something of a learning curve in setting up IPv6,” Johnson said. When setting up services, “there was a distinct difference between IPv4 and IPv6.”