U.S. government agencies have been issued a directive to upgrade their public-facing Web sites and services by September 30, 2012 to support IPv6. As reported on Network World, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has issued the directive so all agencies will be upgraded to the Internet’s main communications protocol. In addition, by September 30, 2014, agencies must purchase network hardware and software that comply with the federal government’s IPv6 testing process and designate an IPv6 transition manager to direct IPv6-related activities.
“‘The federal government is committed to the operational deployment and use of Internet Protocol version 6,’ the Kundra memo states, pointing out several initiatives including cloud computing, broadband deployment and smart grid technology that require the expanded address space offered by IPv6.
The Kundra memo says IPv6 is necessary to reduce the complexity of Internet services by eliminating the need for network address translation technologies, and that IPv6 will provide ubiquitous security services.
IPv6 will ‘enable the Internet to continue to operate efficiently through an integrated, well-architected networking platform and accommodate the future expansion of Internet-based services,’ the memo says.”