[AusNOG] IPv6 - What Should an Engineer Address when 'Selling' IPv6 to Executives?

Don Gould don at bowenvale.co.nz
Wed Mar 6 12:23:00 EST 2013

On 6/03/2013 1:58 p.m., Mark Newton wrote:
>   If the members of this list had started
> low-key activities back in 2011 when APNIC's last-/8 policy commenced,
> they'd be done by now, the staff working on it would have received
> ample on-the-job training about how it works, and the additional cost
> they'd have incurred would have been pretty minimal.

How can I put this really tactfully?  RUBBISH!

I did exactly this.

I discovered that some of my software providers have no interest at all 
in the space.

Some of my hardware suppliers have bug after bug fix for v6 in the past 
12 month.

The only provider in my area can't deliver it at all on their platform.

I've looked at 3 different hardware vendors for edge gear.  The price 
point in all cases is 50% higher than v4 gear.

To fix my software problem, which is FLOSS, I'm going to have to write 
it myself, which means a truck load of learning.

I've bounced emails with any number of the leading experts in the world 
- yes Geoff and Owen I'm looking at both of you...  why?  Because I 
couldn't just find simple answers on wikipedia like I can for v4 for the 
stuff I need... don't even get me started on PTR issues that I still 
don't have a clue what to do with.

Mark I don't have you ability.  I don't have your skill level, but I 
don't think I can be accused of not giving this stuff a good go and I 
keep running at it.

We have to stop saying this stuff is simple.  It's not!

In the SMB space we have dozens of different small systems with decades 
of v4 learning with software systems that are really really mature - 
read 40 years v's this v6 stuff which is still being thrashed out and 
clearly dozens, hundreds or even thousands of us are just not across yet.

If it was simple then my provider would already be delivering me native 
v6 on their last BRAS update 18 months ago.


Don Gould
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