The IPv6 Transition: How Much Will It Cost? - Page 2

With IPv4 addresses finally depleted, what will it cost to move to IPv6? The answer depends on how you look at the problem.

 By Sean Michael Kerner
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Make IPv6 part of the normal lifecycle

Curran recommends that enterprises and providers now make IPv6 part of their normal lifecycle for rolling out systems.

Though Curran declined to put an actual dollar figure on the cost of IPv6, others have not been as shy.

Rob Beckstom, CEO of ICANN noted during the IPv4 exhaustion ceremony that someone had discussed with him the cost of moving an emerging market country of 50 million people to IPv6.

"The estimate was roughly a billion dollars and that probably included upgrades they wanted to do to their network anyway," Beckstrom said.

In 2005, one report pegged the shift of the U.S. federal government to IPv6 to be $75 billion.

"We're talking about billions of dollars here globally, we're not talking trillions of dollars," Beckstrom said. "There is some expense and there is some effort, but if you look at the scale of investment in IT infrastructure, it will probably have more to do with how that spend is directed, than creating additional line items or explicit growth projects."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

This article was originally published on Feb 5, 2011
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