How does IPv6 affect a provider's ability to support hybrid cloud customers?
Let me start with an example: Last year, one of Nephos6's large enterprise customers wanted to do a proof-of-concept for IPv6-enabled hybrid cloud services. We had a hard time finding a good cloud provider with the necessary IPv6 support. When it comes to supporting IPv6-enabled hybrid cloud customers, parity with IPv4 would be the rule of thumb in the beginning. I do, however, believe that IPv6 will enable new and significantly more scalable cloud architectures. These solutions will be IPv6-based, not just IPv6-ready; so, as IPv6 deployment expands, cloud providers should monitor the IPv6-specific cloud technology developments. For now, however, parity with IPv4 in both infrastructure and orchestration should be top-of-mind.
This was first published in April 2013