6/30/2008

IPv6 "D-Day"

It has been a busy week or so!


A full week ago, DNS turned 25! Conveniently, later in the week, ICANN's board approved opening up the DNS space to arbitrary TLDs (adding to the traditional .com .net .edu .edu .info ... etc.). Luckily, with a fairly high bar for entry, to limit ability of phishers to abuse this new space - although this also raises questions about where all that money will be going ...

Also last week, Cisco Live was happening in Orlando - and had a record # of IPv6 related sessions! These sessions included talks on security, routing protocols, real world deployment experiences ... and, of course, Cisco answers to most of the mentioned concerns :). (I was there, and saw a couple of familiar faces (former students, clients and coworkers) as well as meeting some great people from Cisco who I have exchanged emails with in the past but had not yet met) ((Oh, and seeing the Bare Naked Ladies (natch, the band), the Blue Man Group and Ben Stein were a great bonus!))


Back to that IPv6 D-Day thing ... so, today is June 30th, 2008. And with little fanfare, the OMB522 deadline has arrived. Did this change the world?

Of course not - but it *is* a step in the right direction, representing the US government making something of a dedicated effort (with varying levels of real world applicability) in having their ginormous IT infrastructure being future-ready. That is a Good Thing!!

In fact, increasingly more people agree it is an absolutely critical thing - factoring in stats from The IPv4 Address Report:
Projected IANA Unallocated Address Pool Exhaustion: 05-Jan-2011
Projected RIR Unallocated Address Pool Exhaustion: 18-Nov-2011
(See previous comments on the meanings of these numbers, no need to re-hash that here :)!)

SO - with OMB522 (cough) completed, what's next?
Fantastic question ... the short answer is (sadly?) nothing.
The longer answer is that it is up to the representatives appointed to the OMB by the next administration.

While IPv6 admittedly doesn't have the same political pull as war, terrorism, economics, "global warming", social security, tax reform, the future of (medicare | entitlement spending | the decline of the US Dollar | campaign finance reform | energy independence | national broadband deployment) it would be nice to have some hints from either candidate on their opinions on the further advancement of IPv6 (not just in being able to route packets, but to actually use it ... and then the real benefit - when services that take advantage of something IPv6 offers become available / in use).



Just a few thoughts from someone who is mid-vacation.
/TJ (crosspost)

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