IT executives shouldn’t worry about bringing IPv6, 3G or 64-bit computing to the desktop until as late as 2007 or 2008, Gartner Inc. analysts advised this week at the the company’s Symposium/ITxpo conference in Cannes, France.

On the other hand, IP VPNs, Wi-Fi and replacement desktop machines all should be the subject of careful reflection today. Assigning technologies to three categories, “Act now,” “Next year” and “Not yet,” the analysts gave their views of how attendees should prioritize new technology introduction to the enterprise.

IPv6 is strictly of interest to service operators and now is not the time for corporations to worry about this new technology, they said. But the analysts recommended that companies should act now to replace frame relay, ATM and leased-line connections with IP VPN links.

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