Yikes! This says the global supply of IP addresses will run out between 2011 and mid-2012. Hmmmm ... that means companies and government agencies will convert to a new Internet protocol, which will create lots of opportunities for expert technology professionals. The clock is ticking ... are you ready to cash-in on the transition to IPv6? I'm Cat Miller and this is DiceTV. IPv6 expands addresses from 32-bits to 128-bits and it's more customizable than its predecessor IPv4. It also provides newer broadcast methods such as unicast, multicast and anycast, which enhances video conferencing and streaming capabilities The government has already announced plans to upgrade Web-facing servers, and new business ventures will need Web sites that are IPv6 compliant. At some point, companies will need to integrate the two platforms, since IPv4 and IPv6 sites can't communicate directly with each other, and they'l need experts to enhance routers or deploy IPv6-enabled versions of applications. Although there's no certification for IPv6, IT professionals can learn the new structure through books and online resources or by practicing their skills in a virtual environment. There's already a dedicated website
that offers presentations, videos and a community forum where IT professionals can share information. If you have funding, Cisco offers a five-day class that covers design considerations, security, configuration principles and configuring IOS devices for IPv6. To establish yourself as a knowledge expert and thought leader, start a local working group, lead a discussion forum or blog about your transition experiences. If you volunteer to teach your co-workers, it will force you to learn the new protocol and your company may pay for your training. Remember, companies need consultants and employees who can lead them through the transition, but the clock is ticking and you don't want to miss out on this opportunity. I'm Cat Miller and this has been Dice TV. We now return you to your regular desktop.