Monday, March 7, 2011

Is your company at risk of an IPv6 brain drain?

Demand for workers with IPv6 skills -- from undergrads to experienced engineers -- is on the rise

Timothy Winters, senior manager at the University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), gets calls every week from headhunters looking to hire network engineers, network architects and software developers with experience in IPv6, the looming upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol.

"A lot of people are sending me job opportunities in the IPv6 space," says Winters, who has more than 10 years of experience testing routers, firewalls and other network devices for compatibility with IPv6-related standards. Winters says the IPv6 hiring frenzy is the result of "a lot of companies rushing as fast as they can to get IPv6 deployed in their products."

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