There is lots of talk about IPv6 this week, with major ISPs, networking equipment companies, and others around the world enabling IPv6 for their products as services as part of World IPv6 Launch Day.


As an IT Management company, SolarWinds is always watching the market and listening to our customers to determine when they need and want IPv6 support in their tools.  You can see the support for IPv6 we offer in our product portfolio here.

Many of our current customers are still in the planning stage, or have implemented a dual-stack environment, so they can run IPv4 and IPv6 simultaneously on their devices. Last year we created this video with tips on how to plan for IPv6 migration with SolarWinds IP Address Manager.

Stepping back and looking at the market as a whole, what we see and hear today has not changed very much from a year ago. We are still seeing IPv6 being pushed and adopted in three primary spaces:

  1. Asia Pacific – places like China and Japan, amongst others are always more technologically advanced and have adopted IPv6 sooner than most of the world
  2. Federal Agencies – we see this not only in the United States, but also other governments’ agencies. They are running dual stack environments for the most part, and want to ensure they are prepared for whatever happens in the future
  3. Internet or Managed Service Providers – folks who provide Internet access to consumers and businesses.


Many consumer services, like television and phone, are moving towards IP, increasing the need for IP addresses; sports stadiums are adding WI-FI, energy grids are being built that will transmit information wirelessly back to the power company office. As more components of our daily lives become connected to the Internet, the need for IPv6 is increasing.


Some members of our thwack community are concerned that while IPv6 will solve the IP addressing dilemma, it may cause other problems. And not every large consumer brand is embracing IPv6. Apple’s latest version of one of their popular products is no longer compatible with IPv6 while the previous version offered IPv6 by default.


Only time will tell what the future holds for IPv6 adoption, but the fact remains that the world will continue to need more IP addresses going forward as we continue to increase the use of wireless-enabled devices.

What are your plans for IPv6 adoption? When if ever, do you plan to move from IPv4 to IPv6? What problems will it solve? What problems will it create?