How will they order milk?

I recall attending an IBM conference in 2001 where the keynote speaker was that company’s head of data management software at the time, General Manager Janet Perna.  The focus of her presentation was IPv6 and a world of complete connectivity, as well as digitization of the printed word.  She was showcasing IBM’s DB2 database potential and capabilities and she envisioned a time when all printed word in the world would be digitized.  It was quite a futuristic portrait she painted and it’s remarkable to look back at just the last few years to see that the predictions she and others advanced have come true.  Look at what Google, Amazon, and others have accomplished in capturing what’s been written and stored in libraries the world over.  

However, one thing she detailed has taken much longer to unfold and that is the roll-out of IPv6.  While it’s been a demonstrated and proven technology advancement for about the last 3 years, and equipment and software manufacturers have been working hard in preparation for the day IPv6 becomes the defacto standard, we’ve yet to see enough production adoption to put to bed the fear that the Internet is running out of addresses.  In fact, the Wall Street Journal article found at that link mentions that 99% of Facebook users do not have IPv6 connectivity (meaning, the network they use through their providers is not compatible).  I realize this is not new information for some, maybe even a lot, of you folks, especially those who deal with network administration.  But, for the vast majority of our mutual customers, those millions of users and everyday consumers of services provided by IT, IPv6 is just another mysterious bit of mumbo-jumbo from computer techies. They won’t know there is a problem until the very last address has been acquired and the refrigerator they just bought is unable to place an order over the Internet, something the salesperson promised it could do.

About Peter Armaly
I get jazzed by automation, big data, and blockchain tech. Business, technology, and fitness are things I understand. Scotch, wine, food, and fiction are things I appreciate.

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