Hill agrees IPv6 isn’t getting the level of attention it deserves because it is seen as an investment that delivers few benefits.
However, it does promise lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and should be recognised as a technology enabler that promotes innovation.
To promote the benefits of IPv6, Mr Hill's consultancy IPv6Now has been working with the Australian Industry Group and the Victorian government in the development of a virtual testbed known as Vic6.
It is a fully functioning IPv6 network for testing the compatibility of hardware and software.
While some organisations may struggle to build a business case for IPv6, for others it is a no brainer.
One such organisation is the Australian Department of Defence (DOD). Another drive for DOD to move away from IPv4 is the IPv6 mandate introduced by the United States government.
The benefits of migrating for DOD include uninterrupted interoperability and real time information sharing.
According to a Defence spokesperson IPv6 provides information sharing capabilities not possible on IPv4.
DOD began planning its migration as early as 2005 and will complete the transition by 2013.