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Five Tips for Moving to IPv6

Here at ThinkGig, we’ve been covering IPv6 and why businesses should be thinking about it. In addition to traditional businesses, this is a critical issue for state and local governments and public education, because the fear is that some people will have trouble signing onto public websites and getting access to critical information.

So what should you do to make sure that you are prepared? Here are five tips we think are a good place to start:

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World IPv6 Day

As you may know, today is World IPv6 Day and we are excited to participate in this “test flight” to promote the transition to IPv6.

If you are not familiar, World IPv6 Day is organized by The Internet Society (ISOC). It is a 24-hour trial to motivate Internet service providers, network operators, operating system vendors and web companies to prepare their services for IPv6 and ensure a successful transition as the world’s supply of IPv4 address space runs out.

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IPv6 Mania: Why You Should Care

It seems like IPv6 is all the buzz lately but like many “hot” IT topics, you may be wondering: Do I need to pay attention now or is something to be aware of for down the road?

From our perspective, the time to pay attention to IPv6 is now. Here’s why:

IPv6 is the next-generation Internet Protocol address standard that’s been standing in the wings ready to replace the IPv4 protocol most Internet services use today. The primary difference between the protocols is that IPv6 uses 128-bit addresses compared to the 32-bit addresses used with IPv4. That means IPv6 can support approximately 340 undecillion addresses as compared to 4.3 billion for IPv4.

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Interop by the Numbers

Sometimes, it’s impossible to resist the allure of a good set of statistics. ThinkGig invites you to hold on to your hats and take a look at the numbers that describe the power of the gargantuan portable network Qwest built for INTEROP 2011. And while the smart folks on the Qwest InteropNet team would be the first to admit that their network leans a little towards overkill, they just can’t help themselves – they do it because they can. And isn’t that what Interop has always been about?

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Great Expectations: Interop 2011

May is here, and to many of us in the networking world, that means one thing: It’s Interop time.

As the anticipation grows, we thought it would be a good idea to consider what’s going to be hot this year, aside from the Nevada desert. From where we sit, two themes we anticipate to be hot this year at Interop are: IPv6 and cloud computing.

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Making Moves to the Cloud

You may have heard the news that CenturyLink will acquire Savvis. Given that the announcement was made just weeks after the closing of the CenturyLink – Qwest merger, we thought our business customers may have some questions. We’ve outlined some key questions and answers below that explain why this combination makes sense:

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Instant Gratification: The Future of On-Demand Services

With cloud a hot topic here at ThinkGig, and the merger still bringing up questions, we wanted to share what our EVP, Chris Ancell, had to say about our future plans for cloud. The talented Jessica Scarpati of SearchTelecom recently sat down with Chris to get his perspective about the cloud hype, on-demand services and the evolution of customer needs. Here’s a section from the interview we thought was particularly insightful:

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Perspectives on the Merger

It’s been a week since we shared that Qwest is becoming CenturyLink. Now that you’ve had a chance to consider how this might change the enterprise telecom landscape, we wanted to share a few perspectives from our executives in the market about the news.

Dow Jones covered the perspective of Glen Post, our CEO, on why the enterprise market is significant to CenturyLink as the company moves forward.

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