KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 (Bernama) -- The Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) forum held here attracted key stakeholders from the HR and IT sectors who were given an insight into the practical steps of the last mile to embrace the New Internet World based on IPv6.
Themed 'Hastening the pace of embracing IPv6', the dialogue session yesterday received the thumbs up from about 200 participants for the opportunity to hear from prominent local and international speakers, said Adasta Network Sdn Bhd, which organised the event with IPv6 Malaysia in a statement.
Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Shakib Ahmad Shakir who officiated the event congratulated Adasta Network for its recent feat in winning a Special Award from the Global IPV6 Forum and for its unstinting efforts in the implementation and progress of IPV6 Malaysia.
"I am informed that tomorrow, 26th July, there will be a graduation ceremony of the Network Engineers and IPV6 Security personnel. Congratulations to those who have completed the course and successfully commissioned by the Global IPV6 Forum," Shakib said in his speech.
Meanwhile, the IPv6 discussions worked in spreading the right messages to the Malaysian stakeholders and to define its own national step-by-step transition plan to IPv6.
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IPv6 Forum President Dr Latif Ladid said, "The Internet World has been using the Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) for the last two decades. Despite its tremendous success, IPv4 is showing signs of strain especially in its fast depleting IP address space and its growing security concerns."
"IPv6 preserves everything in today's Internet, and adds much more, such as virtually unlimited IP address space to connect everyone and everything, stateless configuration, seamless mobility, automated network management, to name a few," added Dr Latif, who is also the Founder and President of The Global IPv6 Forum.
Other prominent speakers, including Professor Emeritus Sureswaran Ramadas, Emeritus Chair of The Global IPv6 Forum Education were present to give their views and updates during the dialogue, giving the session a major boost.
The discussion featured a gathering of local HR and IT Heads as well as academicians and students with the speakers, discussing and exchanging knowledge and ideas on the competitive advantage of being early adopters of IPv6.
"There is nothing more encouraging for us as speakers than seeing people bravely asking difficult questions and openly sharing a variety of perspectives. I think this eventually spoke of the quality of the exchange between us and the audience, as well as participants´ wide-ranging interests towards social issues on IPv6 in Malaysia," noted Dr Latif. VALUABLE REFERENCE
Meanwhile, Professor Emeritus Sureswaran said the dialogue session was a very valuable reference in understanding local and global Internet industry trends and usage patterns, the web´s impact on traditional politics, economy, society and culture, and future directions of related policies.
"With IPv6 embracement, Malaysia can be propelled into a top-5 nation globally or in the Asia Pacific region, hence competing internationally using ICT through increased productivity and sustainability," added Sureswaran.
Adasta Network said the main goal of this dialogue session was to promote IPv6 adoption through a wide range of actions encouraging public administration, users and industrial stakeholders to take decisive steps to accelerate the implementation of IPv6, so as to ensure Malaysia´s readiness to face the expected depletion of IPv4 addresses.
In addition, the prompt and efficient adoption of IPv6 offers Malaysia significant opportunities to boost innovation and develop a leading role in advancing the Internet, it added.
The organisers were confident that the dialogue session provided all participants with a right frame of mind and direction to put to use IPV6 in making a truly ubiquitous society a reality and in further developing the Internet.
"We´re very pleased to see the growing momentum forIPv6 adoption in Malaysia as a result of these discussions today. Common availability of IPv6 connectivity is first and foremost in IPv6 adoption; in addition, the Internet community must consider education and training of IT managers, as well as network security during the transition," said Adasta Network Director Bhaawani Visunathan.