With two major deadlines looming for the federal government’s adoption of IPv6, the Chief Information Officers Council released an updated version of its roadmap for IPv6 adoption.
The guide, “Planning Guide/Roadmap Toward IPv6 Adoption within the U.S. Government,” posted on CIO.gov late Thursday, will assist federal agency leaders in this transition with best practice guidance on how to successfully integrate to the next generation Internet within their agencies.
“The purpose of this Roadmap is to provide Federal Government agency leaders with practical and actionable industry and Federal agency best practices guidelines on how to successfully integrate IPv6 within their enterprises,” the guide states.
Federal agencies have two large IPv6 mandates on the horizon. By September 30 of this year, all agencies have to upgrade their public-facing websites and services to support IPv6. By September 30, 2014, federal agencies must upgrade internal client applications that communicate with public Internet servers to use IPv6.
Both of these goals were established by former U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra in September 2010.
The roadmap was originally published in 2009, but now includes updates on the federal government’s IPv6 history, vision, current goals and deadlines.
Based on the information provided in this document, agency chief information officers, IPv6 transition managers, chief enterprise architects, and chief acquisition officers should assess their agency’s progress towards IPv6 adoption. This includes critical assessment of their current transition plans.
The roadmap was jointly developed by the government in partnership with the American Council for Technology – Industry Advisory Council.