Everyone knows they need to transition to IPv6, but just how many people are doing it? Ethan wrote a blog in May 2015 outlining the reasons why more enterprises haven’t flocked to the procotol: customers aren’t asking for it, full vendor support is limited, and there are lots of workarounds available.
Show 54’s guest, Alain Fiocco, has a different perspective. He reached out on Google+ in response to Ethan’s post to offer his own perspective. While he and Ethan agreed on some points, there are nuances in the discussion. Alain is Senior Director in the office of the CTO at Cisco and head of the IPv6 High Impact project at the company.
Join Ethan and Alain as they tackle the topic of IPv6 deployment among service providers, discuss enterprises and market verticals with a high degree of adoption, share educational opportunities, and talk about what architects and engineers can do to encourage their own vendors to prioritize IPv6.
An outline of the show is below, along with links to additional information on the topic. You can follow Alain on Twitter at @alainfiocco.
Alain’s main points from G+ posting
- Many vendors don’t do a good job at supporting IPv6; moreover when they do, it isn’t really “deployment ready.”
- But customers should pay attention, request deployable IPv6 support, and make IPv6 a key selection criteria when they do upgrades or deploy new infrastructures. If they don’t, many vendors won’t prioritize IPv6.
- Vendors that have been leading IPv6 and have done a reasonable job at supporting deployable IPv6 will reap the benefit of the investments, and the ones who have been lagging will feel pressure to catch up.
Alain on dispelling FUD
- IF/WHEN people want to deploy IPv6, THEY CAN! There are products, software, services and education available out there.
- They WILL need to do a thorough assessment of their systems, and don’t take anything for granted. But in fairness, that is true of ANY technology.
- I also want to emphasize the positive experiences: the ISP, content providers or social media platforms, as well as enterprises who are willing to deploy IPv6 (and there are some very large scale deployment already) ARE ABLE to do so. There are massive deployments among U.S. ISPs that are growing very fast:
- Verizon Wireless
- Google Fiber
- Enterprises deploying IPv6.
- Microsoft (out of RFC1918, even 10.0.0.0/8)
- Large mergers and acquisitions – avoids internal CGNs, gets rid of complexity. A scale issue.
- Small – should they stay IPv4? Their products are moving to IP next generation.
- Internet presence is the natural place to be enabling IPv6. Over 20% of the Internet population is on IPv6 today. IPv4 is being shared (translated) over multi-layered.
- Vertical segments with unique interests.
- Utilities – not dual stack in small meters and power substations. It’s v4 or v6, but not both.
- Aerospace – Aerobus discovered that 20% of the DNS requests on their extranet (not even public Internet) were coming over IPv6 (requesting AAAA records), and they were not serving them.
- Automotive – all of them in Germany. Cars will be IPv6 enabled. They want to stay out in front of this. BMW, Volkswagen.
Alain on education opportunities
- There are MANY IPv6 education sessions and labs at CiscoLive: 57 sessions and labs, 49 speakers are covering IPv6.
- There is also an interesting panel (moderated by yours truly) where panelists from Comcast, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, Nephos6 shared their experiences: PNLCRS-2306 – Experiences of IPv6 Deployment in 2015: Why? How? How Did it Go?