Not Ready for IPv6? Filter It.

The Internet Engineering Task Force creates the fundamental Internet standards, and once ‘rough consensus and working code’ is achieved, they publish the standards in RFC documents. In the area of IPv6 alone, the IETF produces about 20 to 40 RFCs a year. Some are very specialised, but the Informational series of RFCs is much more accessible – a goldmine of experience and wisdom. IPv6Now provides a listing of the RFCs … Continue reading

What Does Success Look Like?

An excellent panel session on IPv6 was held at IETF88 (Nov 2013), on IPv6 – What Does Success Look Like? See it on YouTube (starts 3.00 mins in). The panel was moderated by Leslie Daigle, Chief Internet Technology Officer, ISOC. Panel members were John Brzozowski from Comcast Cable, Erik Nordmark from Arista Networks, and Chris Palmer from Microsoft. IPv6Now’s Professional Services Manager Michael Biber has provided this summary: LD: Good … Continue reading

IPv6 in One Equipment Cycle?

In Exponential IPv6 Part II, I looked at the recent rise in IPv6 uptake, which appears to be in the early stages of the S-shaped technology adoption curve. This starts out slowly, rises exponentially, slows again as the technology approaches saturation, and tapers off. In a talk at the recent Australian IPv6 Summit 2012, Fred Baker showed a version of this curve (right) with some surprising observations (2.5MB pdf). He … Continue reading

Quick and Not-Too-Dirty IPv6

If there was a single take-away message from the 2012 Australian IPv6 Summit it was “IPv6 is all over your networks, right now”. I’d add: “…and people are using it to get what they want, right now.” Earlier this year I wrote Slow IPv4 Spurs IPv6 Alternative after discovering massive numbers of downloads of the gogo6 tunnel client from our site by people who were sick of slow YouTube delivery … Continue reading

Exponential IPv6, Part II

In July this year I pointed out the growth in IPv6 uptake was accelerating, as seen from the Google IPv6 stats (45% of the entire world’s Internet users visit every day). Who is Using IPv6? Part II discussed the northern hemisphere ‘summer dip’ in IPv6 that seems to occur each year, and wondered how the stats would look in October. Well, here they are. Between the Australian IPv6 Summits … Continue reading

Dwindling IPv4 & the IPv6 Summit

Earlier this year I pointed out the rapidly approaching deadline for European exhaustion of new IPv4 addresses. At the time the deadline was the end of July, but due to address recovery measures it was pushed out to October. But yesterday, 14 September 2012, RIPE-NCC announced it’s hit the “final /8” of IPv4 addresses. This means it’s no longer possible to get new IPv4 addresses in Europe, the former USSR, … Continue reading

Shy Providers and IPv6

About six years ago I did an IPv6 survey for the IPv6 for e-Business Project. Part of that was a list of the IPv6 prefixes allocated at the time to Australian companies – there were 19 prefixes, with only 6 of those visible in the global routing tables. Recently (22 Aug 2012) I had another look at the APNIC IPv6 prefixes for Australia, on the excellent SixXS Ghost Route Hunter … Continue reading

Experts, ISPs and IPv6

Experts are experts for a reason. They spend their lives thinking, experimenting, implementing, while the rest of us are watching Big Brother. Suppose little Johnny has a forty-degree temperature, is foaming at the mouth and covered in green lumps, and the doctor says, ‘Well, would you like me to use flucloxacillin or phenoxymethylpenicillin? It’s up to you.’ You’d say, ‘Are you nuts? You’re the doctor – just fix little Johnny.’ … Continue reading

IPv6 Adoption and the Chasm

In IPv6 Market Has Liftoff – Now the Hard Part Begins, Bruce Sinclair, CEO of gogo6, looks at some of the results presented on 31 July at IETF 84, which led to enthusiastic headlines about ‘skyrocketing’ IPv6. (Ahem. This blog forecast IPv6 Growth Goes Exponential on 26 July.) Sinclair takes a valuable look at the results in the light of the technology adoption cycle, and asks “Does the ‘skyrocketing’ trajectory … Continue reading