One of the key elements of the 451 Group’s report new Networking Reference Report is the Heat Rank index that ranks various networking related technologies by interest and adoption rates.
Daniel Kennedy, Research Director, Information Security & Networking at 451 Research explained that the heat score is a weighted index that takes into account the interest and activity level in a specific technology. The heat score is complemented by the adoption score that is also weighted.
At the top of the list with a Heat Score of 100 is Unified Communications. That is followed by Mobile Device Management at 97, 802.11n Wireless at 96, IPv6 at 71 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet at 60.
While IPv6 ranks highly on the Heat Score, adoption is near the bottom of the list coming in at a score of 27.
“Although IPv6 always retains a position on the index and it is in people’s plans, we never see the conversion to it being in use,” Kennedy said.
IPv6 adoption stands in contrast to other technologies rated by Kennedy. He noted that from one study period to the next there will be some type of adoption growth for technology that is ranked highly in terms of planning and Heat Score, but that’s not the case with IPv6.
“IPv6 is a great example of a technology that always seems to be in the plan but it never gets to the in-use stage,” Kennedy said. “I predict the same thing will occur next year and IPv6 will stay as a project people have penciled in, but there won’t be a whole lot more adoption.”