IPocalypse reports greatly exaggerated: Internode

Internode engineer Mark Newton compares IPv6 rumour mill to Y2K bug hysteria

He also dismissed the Mayan Calendar end of the world theory next year, which Hollywood movie 2012 has drawn attention to.

“I comfortably predict that we won’t have run out of IPv6 addresses before the Mayan end of the world prophecy comes true," Newton joked.

To get its customers prepared for the changeover, Newton said it had been trying to outreach into both the general community and business people to demystify what IPv6 is and how it is going to run.

"The transition is a lot easier than people make it out to be, but the hardest part is deciding if you are going to push ahead with it," he said.

"Once the organisation has made a transition, the rest of it is fairly straightforward."

Over 600 Internode customers are now taking part in IPv6 trials, which began in 2008. In addition, more security managers were taking an interest in finding out the security aspects of IPv6, which differ from IPv4.

“It’s differently secure," Newton said.

"There are some attack vectors that don’t exist with V6 that do with V4. That’s why it is important for people who are responsible for security in organisations to get familiar with it and find out where the differences are."

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