LACNIC Internet Community Newsletter
New IPv6 Portal
by Mariela C. Rocha
As is widely known, during the past years different initiatives have been implemented that are oriented towards the implementation of the protocol that will replace IPv4: the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). The main reasons behind these initiatives are the predictions regarding the scarcity of IPv4 addresses. With the recent announcements about this situation on the part of IANA and the different Regional Registries, both in our region as well as around the world in general a set of actions are being carried forward with the aim of achieving a secure, orderly and constant transition towards IPv6.
Launching this repository of information and tools is a direct response to the campaign launched by LACNIC's Board of Directors for a secure and stable transition of Latin American Networks to IPv6 before January 1st, 2011. The portal complements the vast number of events, workshops and meetings that are being held in our region.
Operating on the premise that information sources are vital for the deployment a new technology, the mission of this portal is to provide the necessary tools for making a transition based on the knowledge of technical aspects as well as of political and environmental issues. These aspects include ISPs, government organizations, academic institutions or end users.
For many years our region has had an important capacity in terms of managing the new protocol, efforts on the part of each country as well as joint efforts involving different countries. Considering this scenario, the portal's goals include compiling all existing information in a central repository.
It is important to highlight the fact that all the information presented in the site follows LACNIC's guidelines of maintaining a multilingual environment. Consequently, the portal is maintained in three languages: Spanish, Portuguese and English, which greatly facilitates accessing content. It is also important to highlight that contributions are not limited to these three languages.
LACNIC and the Community know that a timely adoption of the new protocol will allow our region to keep up and not lag behind the other regions, while at the same time it will offer new opportunities and resources to the region's stakeholders. This portal aims at becoming one more effort in the attempt to facilitate the transition to IPv6.
For more information, you may visit the portal at: