Georgian is ready for the next version of the Internet
June 08, 2011

Today is World IPv6 Day and Georgian College joins major companies, Internet providers and thousands of others who will test out IPv6 – the equivalent of Internet version 2.0.

Currently, the Internet is based on IPv4 and its use has been exhausted. IPv6 is critical for the continued growth of the Internet, especially in developing countries, and for the deployment of new, large scale services. Eventually, over the next decade, IPv6 will replace IPv4.

Georgian’s main website is IPv6 ready, which means that the college’s reach can extend even further into the international community than it has in the past. There are areas of the world that have only begun to make use of the Internet and have the latest IPv6 connectivity. Prospective students who live in those areas and who have tried to access Georgian’s website and services before may have been unsuccessful. Now they will be able to browse the college website, learn more about its programs and services, and connect directly to staff.

“Part of the college’s success in making the migration possible was the state of its current infrastructure,” says Steve Benoit, Manger, Infrastructure and Security. “Many networking devices Georgian has are already IPv6 compatible. We are significantly ahead of the game and will be able to share our IPv6 experiences with other institutions that are just beginning to phase it in.”

Making the college IPv6 ready was a collaborative effort involving Information Technology, Computer Studies and Marketing. “The biggest success of the project was increasing awareness of IPv6 and our need to grow and change to keep pace with the rest of the world,” says Benoit.

Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight Networks will be amongst some of the other major organizations offering their content over IPv6 for the next 24-hours. The overall goal of World IPv6 day is to motivate others across the industry to prepare their services in order to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out.

For more information, please contact Steve Benoit, Manager, Infrastructure and Security, at 705-728-1968, ext. 1185, or sbenoit@georgiancollege.ca.