Who's who in IPv6: the companies and people leading the way

The whole world has become interested in the next-generation Internet protocol gun to watch IPv6 in earnest. Here's one expert's list of the top thought leaders shaping IPv6 adoption.

IPv6 is on the minds of every network professional these days, and rightly so. While some vendors and service providers are woefully behind, others are leading the charge. We asked well-known IPv6 expert Ed Horley to name these leaders. Horley is co-chairman of the California IPv6 Task Force, is involved in the North American IPv6 Task Force and earns his living as principal solutions architect at Groupware Technology in Campbell, Calif. He lists the thought leaders for IPv6 among network equipment providers and service providers including CPE devices, routers/switches, load balancers, address management, content delivery networks and more. Got an idea for an article? Contact Network World Community Editor Julie Bort, jbort@nww.com.

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One of the questions people most commonly ask me is, "What companies are ahead in IPv6?" I'll go one better and offer my personal list of the companies -- and people -- I believe are leading the way for IPv6 adoption in both the network infrastructure and service provider markets.

Network infrastructure

One of the major complaints about customer premises equipment (CPE) is how long it has taken most manufactures to get devices with even limited IPv6 support on the market. CPEs need to support IPv6 so that residential service providers can deploy it. For that reason, D-Link earns kudos for bringing devices out earlier than most and with a wide variety of IPv6 transition technology support. While it's true that Linksys and Netgear now have IPv6 support (though somewhat limited in features), you need to pay attention to firmware and model numbers of all the brands. Another pat on the back goes to a smaller but strong player, gogo6, which makes an adapter that can be used by ISP clients with no modification to their IPv4 subscriber network. To find more information about the broadband CPE devices check out the IPv6 wiki page maintained by Frank Bulk.  

BACKGROUND: IPv6 on home routers and DSL/cable modems: FAIL

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