White House follows its own order, gets to 'green' on IPv6

With days to go before the administration’s deadline for enabling IPv6 on public facing services, the White House has complied with its own order, enabling the new protocols on www.whitehouse.gov and 26 other domains operated by the Executive Office of the President.

The domains earned a “green” on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s IPv6 dashboard, joining about 250 other IPv6-enabled sites as of Sept. 28. Among the Executive Office domains now supporting the new protocols is the Office of Management and Budget, www.omb.gov, which issued the IPv6 mandate in 2010.

The sites are among several hundred government sites that are rushing to enable IPv6 by the Sept. 30 deadline, according to the Internet Society. Even with this progress, however, it is unlikely that most government sites will meet the deadline. NIST showed only 13 percent of 1,496 sites with IPv6 enabled as of Sept. 28, with another 34 percent in progress and 53 percent showing no progress so far.

According to ISOC, the White House domains appeared with “AAAA” IPv6 address listings on the morning of Sept. 28.

The sites are hosted on the servers of the Akamai content delivery network, which offers IPv6 connectivity for its customers. Christine Schweickert, Akamai’s senior engagement officer, said the White House move came as something of a relief for the company.

“We were worried,” she said. “They are Akamai customers, and it wouldn’t look good if they didn’t do it.”

Despite the low percentage of enabled sites as the deadline neared, Schweickert said the government is making a good showing. “I think the government has done a good job on the mandate, compared to some others,” she said. “I hope they keep the pressure up.”

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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