By guest blogger, James Pyles
When you’re interested in buying a car, you usually take it for a test drive. Most of the time, you drive a prospective purchase as part of the "buying" process, but some people shop around and even drive cars they’re not yet ready to own. If you’re attracted to or studying for the CompTIA Network+ or the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification, you’re probably already interested in networking technologies. These interests should include Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) these days, whether you’re actually using IPv6 on your networks or not.
Some knowledge of IPv6 is listed in the objectives for the Network+ and CCNA 640-802 exams, so becoming aware of this information is more than a matter of idle curiosity. While you may not be ready to test-drive IPv6 on a large scale as you approach either of these exams, you might be interested in something called Test Flight Day, more commonly referred to as World IPv6 Day.
World IPv6 Day falls on June 8, 2011, and is sponsored by the Internet Society (aka ISOC). We've been living with the promise of IPv6 for nearly 20 years now and, despite the fact that the world has all but exhausted its supply of IPv4 addresses, adoption of IPv6 has been progressing at glacial speeds. Fortunately, on June 8, we're going to experience some acceleration, at least for one day.
If you haven't heard of World IPv6 Day, it’s not because the event is obscure. Some of the biggest players on the Internet will be participating, including Akamai, Facebook, Google, Yahoo!, and Limelight Networks. (A complete list of participants is available at the Internet Society site.)
Participating companies will offer their Web content using both IPv4 and IPv6 in an effort to demonstrate their IPv6 preparedness (or lack thereof) for all the organizations across the industry. The results are intended to speed up the rollout of IPv6 across the Internet, in an attempt to turn that glacier into a river.
If your company wants to participate, contact the Internet Society to find out how. If you want to check your own company's IPv6 readiness, take this simple test. The results are almost instantaneous and will probably be dismaying.
This site is obviously not IPv6-ready.
Whether you already work in the networking field or have that as a career goal, the test-flight scheduled for June 8 represents an exciting and long-awaited step in the ongoing effort to foster industry adoption of IPv6. And if you’d like to learn more about IPv6 in the interim, use the search engine right here on PearsonITCertification.com to get pointers to books, lessons, and articles that dig into this topic. (Cisco Press, in particular, devotes lots of coverage to IPv6.)
James Pyles, A+, Network+, is a freelance writer, editor, and author of numerous books on technology and IT certifications. His most recent books are MCTS Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Configuration Study Guide: Exam 70-667 (Sybex 2010) and CompTIA A+ Certification Practice Exams (McGraw-Hill 2011). He is currently the technical and marketing writer for Keynetics in Boise, Idaho.