The common perception about IPv6 is more in reference to the need for IPv6 than about its impact. When people correlate IPv4 and IPv6, they think of them as Windows 1998 or 2000. They think it’s an easy step to jump on the next version. I think IPv6 is a transformational journey.
It should be looked as an opportunity to transform, consolidate and build up a new architecture to ensure that various areas of IT architecture get fine tuned. It is definitely an infrastructure protocol but when it was created, the applications were brought in from application layer into the IPv6 level as protocol at the network layer. So the applications merging at the network layer opens up new areas right from censors to abilities like the auto-configuration.
As this happens, one of the early adopters of IPv6 has been the government. They are showing how IPv6 should be used by the industry in general. However, there are challenges, like the lack of standards.
Across the globe, the government segment is the first to adopt IPv6. In India, industry is looking forward to the government to basically showcase – i) that IPv6 works across all IT infrastructure, ii) how it could be used in new ways and iii) what are the lessons – the grey areas – which people may consider while going for IPv6.