Steady as she goes: an IPv6 report card


Steady as she goes: an IPv6 report card

Yves Poppe  |   December 20, 2012
Tata Communications
The recent Gogonet Live conference in San Jose witnessed outstanding presentations by several federal administrations including Veteran Affairs, NASA and SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command), sharing their experience and progress towards IPv6 adoption.
Also, the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) compliance report leaves no agency any place to hide. The report card is there for everybody to see. In spite of regular jabs and criticisms, the US Federal Government has done a remarkable job. 
As of late November, more than 450 federal government websites were accessible in IPv6. The US is definitely No. 1 in the government category worldwide. Top of the class and by far!
Interestingly, NIST also keeps tabs on IPv6 support for the .edu and .com domains. Contrary to the federal government’s performance, the education sector fails rather miserably and the enterprise sector looks outright dismal.
Only three universities score in the three categories: DNS, website and e-mail IPv6 enabled. They are UCLA, Weber University in Utah and Garner Webb in North Carolina while a number of major name Ivy Leaguers scored perfect zeros.
In the .com category we see only one enterprise, Brocade, achieve a perfect three. Among internet service providers, only two got the top mark: Comcast and Hurricane Electric.
Kudos is in order for this rarefied group of .edu and .com high achievers. A majority of big names in the industry and amongst service providers, claiming to be on top of their IPv6 game, failed to make the mark. We'll see how they perform next year.
Another sieve to ferret out best performers, this time on the content side of the ecosystem, is the Alexa listing. The proportion of IPv6 enabled websites grew to six out of the top 10 since our summer column as the Chinese website joined Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo and Wikipedia, making it the first non-US site to join ranks in the top 10.
Failing grades, however, still go to Baidu, Windows Live, Twitter and Amazon. Next on the Alexa list we also find, and accessible in IPv6 while and fail to make the list.


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