After announcing in 2002 about enabling IPv6 across all of its platforms and interfaces, it is surprising to learn that Juniper will lag Cisco’s Web site by as much as two years, reports Network World. The U.S. Defense Department certified Juniper’s routers as IPv6 capable in 2007 but the company does not expect to serve up IPv6 Web content until September 2012. This is the same time frame that the U.S. federal government plans to support IPv6 for its Web sites. Juniper is running IPv6 in alpha mode but says it will not create a separate Web site for end users with IPv6 addresses, a shortcut that Facebook, Netflix, Comcast and Cisco have taken.
“‘We could have our Web site accessible by IPv6 the same way that Cisco and others are doing it. We could have an intermediary gateway that receives IPv6 queries and translates them to IPv4. That’s an extremely fast way to get it done, but it’s also not in the spirit of trying to enable IPv6 on the Web,’ says Dave Ward, Juniper Fellow and the CTO of Juniper’s Infrastructure Products Group.”