IPv6 and Taxes

How many times have you heard skeptics ask about the ephemeral Business Case for IPv6? How many times did you ask yourself that question?  Even if you are one of its cheerleaders, there are those lonely, rainy nights when you doubt and wonder. The pressure did come off a bit lately. By now we all know there is no way around it so that might be a business case in itself. But then … does it matter?  Who cares?

Everyone will soon care.

Picture this nightmare: It is April 15. Yeah, that April 15, the IRS day. You procrastinated (much like many organizations who should have moved to IPv6 by now) and you are ready to do what it takes to file by the deadline. You are ready in your tax filing sweat pants and head band, the pile of supporting papers is to your right on the desk,  a gallon of coffee to your left, it is game time! Now all you need is the forms.

The Facebook lover, twitter savvy, Google master you sees no problem. You confidently type in your browser: www.irs.gov and … you wait, and wait … and wait some more. Odd but, it must be crowded you say. You get to the forms and start the download. The progress bar is barely moving while the clock on the wall seems to have learned about the theory of relativity and is racing to deadline. You keep your cool. You smash a few knickknacks from your desk. You sob like a baby but the download is still dragging. Pride be damned, you call a friend and … what do you know? He has no problem downloading the forms, many times over. You suspect he might be doing it even for fun at your expense.

What in the IRS World is going on?

You my friend are accessing the IRS website over IPv6 and the IRS webpage is only 61% effective over IPv6. Here is the proof, the blue line in the graph bellow shows the Global IPv6 Effectiveness of www.irs.gov on April 22 as measured by v6Sonar (the only superhero APM in the IPv6 space: www.v6sonar.com).

irs.eff

OK, so the nightmare scenario happened a few days before April 15 but … it did happen!

Morals of the story:

1)      IPv6 does matter and it might be your Ironman (just to stay actual) or your Freddy

2)      Dear IRS, don’t take the OMB mandate for granted. Not even you can just wave a magic wand and think IPv6 will just work well. You have to work for it like everyone else.

What is your IPv6 story?

For questions, bashing or tax filling audits, please e-mail: contact@nephos6.com

Call to Arms!

The most common challenge I see out there with respect to IPv6 transition is the perception that this is just another 6 months long network upgrade or network feature enablement. It is NOT. This is not your usual project and it is not just another fire you can put out with a bucket of sweat. Well … at least that is true if you want to do it right. Look, it is not that the technology is super hard, it is simply a very wide scope project that touches every aspect of the IT environment. So the network team will finally have to play nice with the compute, storage and apps teams. And might as well because they need to practice for the brave new age of the Cloud.

Those of you who are well acquainted with the World of IPv6 are likely nodding your heads in silent approval. For how many years have we been trying to drive this message and push this education? Since we are not the “I told you so” kind of people, we keep trying to find a way to convey the message. So we, at Nephos6 decided to try something else. We wrote books, we wrote RFCs but that doesn’t seem to catch on as fast as we hoped. So …  we decided to go for the funny bone with help from our friends at Three Post.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmAmXNC_YyE&feature=plcp

This is not for the converted few, this is for the World.

My call to arms: Calling on those who passionately believe in IPv6 to help us spread the message. Help us fine tune the right message and get people to understand that they don’t need to spend a fortune on IPv6, they just need to take it serious.

Nephos6 Helps Define the IPv6 Forum Security Certification Standards

Excerpt from the IPv6 Forum Press Release:

The IPv6 Forum Launches the IPv6 Education Security Certification Logo Program Accelerating adoption and integration of IPv6 in the Education Curriculum Worldwide

 

PENANG, MALAYSIA – SAN JOSE, USA – LUXEMBOURG,  May 25, 2012 – The IPv6 Forum Education Logo Program Committee releases a new program: The IPv6 Education Security Certification Logo Program. This program will certify Security Courses, Trainers and Engineers with the Gold Logo level.

In order to be certified, the candidates must cover all mandatory topics outlined in section 3.5 in the requirements specifications document (attached). Only the Gold level of certification is provided by the IPv6 Forum Certified Security program.

“The IPv6 security & privacy are going to be implemented again as an after-thought similar to IPv4 simply due to lack of in-depth knowledge in this area. The IPv6 Forum Security Certification Logo program formalizes a concrete curriculum for everyone to benefit from.” states Latif Ladid, President, IPv6 Forum, Senior Researcher at University of Luxembourg, Security and Trust (SnT) Center.

“Security is top of mind for any decision maker facing the two major inflexion points ahead IT organizations Worldwide: IPv6 transition and Cloud adoption. The IPv6 Forum leverages its global network of IPv6 SMEs to define the educational and expertise standards that will provide the industry with the proven talent needed to successfully tackle the security challenges and opportunities presented by the IPv6 transition.” states Ciprian Popoviciu, CEO, Nephos6. Certified IPv6 Forum Trainer (Gold)

To obtain the IPv6 Security Certification Logo, please visit the following web site andapply by filling out the application form http://www.ipv6forum.com/ipv6_enabled/ipv6_education.php

 

IPv6 Implementation Expertise for Consumer Service Companies is Critical

Improving Competitiveness with IPv6

Providers such as Comcast moved to IPv6 to address scalability constraints and in the process, their brand became recognized Worldwide as thought leaders in IPv6.  Hurricane Electric set the pace in the Tier 1 SP space by focusing primarily on IPv6 and surpassing the IPv4 incumbents.  Free, the hyper innovative European provider jumped on IPv6 early and in the process it created a whole new approach to IPv6 deployment.  They were off the radar and now, other providers are using the standard defined by Free.  I worked with major providers such as ATT, Verizon and Centurylink who are also moving to IPv6 and the challenge they are facing is more related to backend systems and processes than basic transport.

The more devices to manage, the more you need IPv6

Mobile operators are committed to IPv6 out of necessity, they have so many devices to manage and deliver services to. T-mobile is a good example and they took a translation approach to running their trials; spoke to their architect last year.  Various service providers have different approaches to IPv6 adoption.  On the enterprise side, there’s Bechtel, where lots of interesting work is going on.  It was a complex adoption but under Fred Wettling’s leadership, Bechtelopened the way for IPv6 adoption in this space. They are now aligning the cloud and IPv6 initiatives.  This comes back to the whole idea that IPv6 adoption is not an overnight exercise.

As highly as we like to think about our capabilities, these are complex problems and good solutions are developed over several iterations. At national strategy level, Japan has been leading IPv6 adoption for some time, but similarly, China, India, Korea and Singapore are actively driving adoption as well.  They see IPv6 as a competitiveness play and there is lots of new activities and demand in Asia Pacific, especially with the APNIC announcement that it ran out of IPv4 addresses.

The time is now for IPv6

When I worked with these governments on national initiatives in the past, the efforts, the focus were more superficial than what is happening right now.  As far as implementation of IPv6 is concerned, we see most of the techniques are still in play. We love dual-stack; it is where everything is going however, we have 6rd which is an offshoot of 6to4 and NAT64 used for trials and proof of concepts.

The core has been dual-stack for quite some time but we cannot throw out the other transition mechanisms in the short term. I want to emphasize the importance of taking the early steps to do this right and make the most out of this transition.  Comcast was a great example.  They looked at IPv6 as a way to explore other options for their infrastructure.  After a lot of validation and testing which is very important with this transition, IPv6 adoption was a unique opportunityfor them to try a different routing protocol in the core.

Examples of companies who are embracing IPv6

In the case of one giant telecom company I have helped, they were concerned about the scalability of their IPv4 L2TP based model.  The problem was they wanted to secure new services; they wanted to deliver multicast based content over their access infrastructure.  L2TP would not scale to this model.  For them, the new business model depended on a completely new infrastructure.  They wanted to build a next generation infrastructure without a downtime on the operational IPv4 based services.  It was a true transformational process.  Look where you want to go and execute on IPv6.