I am making a big claim here and I think I need to back it up with some facts:
- IPv4 address space is estimated to deplete somewhere in 2011. Check this Report.
- U.S government agencies are ready for IPv6 since June 2008.
- Large service providers are IPv6 ready or being ready now. Google your service provider.
- Content providers are preparing for IPv6. Google is one of the leaders in this transition. Just do a simple search to see the efforts toward IPv6.
I suggest the following actions to get your network ready for IPv6:
- Orient yourself with IPv6. I recommend you start familiarizing yourself with IPv6, addressing, routing protocols, discovery protocols, etc.
- Start Playing IPv6 in your LAB scenarios, if you are testing a technology that can be tested with IPv6, use IPv6.
- IPv6 is originally designed to coexist with IPv4, use IPv6 in addition to the existing IPv4 wherever possible in your network. Use it on capable routers, hosts and servers.
- Buy only devices that support IPv6 in addition to IPv4. If you are buying new devices/applications or replacing old ones, make sure they support IPv6, this is very important to protect your investment.
- Connect to service providers that have clear plans and time lines for supporting IPv6. Ask your service provider explicitly about their plans for IPv6.
- If you work for a service provider or something similar, make sure you recommend IPv6 capable devices to your customers. Specially for broadband users.
- Attend seminars/webinars, join groups and forums and keep moving with the world in this smooth transition, so far.
Start getting ready now. I wish you an easy and smooth transition.