Worried about IPv6? Track it with Google Analytics

APNIC develops tool for network operators to test IPv6 capabilities of end users

Aussie IT network operators, who are planning on testing the IPv6 capabilities of their users during IPv6 World Day, will now have access to a Google Analytics tool said to make assessment easier.

Developed by the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) Research and Development Lab, the organisation's chief scientist, Geoff Huston, said regional IPv6 allocations have increased during the past 18 months, particularly as the Asia Pacific region started to ration IPv4 addresses to extend the life of remaining addresses.

According to Huston, the Google Analytics tracker presents a "learning opportunity" for many network operators without risking accessibility to their users.

"This is the best contribution APNIC can make to World IPv6 Day because it allows site operators to measure their clients' IPv6 capabilities before making any commitments to offer their services over IPv6," Huston said.

"The advantage of this approach is that you don't need to make any changes to your content platform.

"This code tests the IPv6 capability of your clients using a separate test set and does not require you to set up your own systems on a dual-stack platform."

The new tool will allow users to understand the extent to which Web visitors are capable of using IPv6 and estimate the level of performance impact.

"Full IPv6 deployment still presents challenges for many network operators who have concerns about their users experiencing service disruptions during IPv6 deployment," Huston said.

"While most operators may recognise the need to devise a plan for IPv6 deployment, the next step is justifying space in the budget."

The Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) advised this week that many companies were struggling to fit the migration into their network administration.

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