State Department Partipating in World IPv6 Day

2011_06_IPv6-badge-blue-256-transThe State Department tonight will join private sector companies like Google, Facebook and Yahoo! in participating in World IPv6 Day where major organizations offer content over IPv6.

The goal of the Test Flight Day is to motivate organizations across the industry – Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies – to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out. The project runs from 8 p.m. tonight until 8 p.m. tomorrow.

The State Department has said it will be making a permanent transition to IPv6 next year.

The Federal Government has requested that all agencies transition their network backbones to IPv6 for the following reasons:

  • To take advantage of the expanded IP address space, and embrace future-oriented networking capabilities, such as converged communications, IP-aware medical devices, remote sensors, etc.;
  • To address the challenge faced by the U.S. from international competition in the realm of IPv6; and
  • To lead by example in U.S. enterprise IPv6 transformation.

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