Today, the free pool of IPv4 addresses unallocated by the IANA is starting to come to an end. The remaining /8s are 102/8, 103/8, 104/8, 179/8 and 185/8. Each of the RIRs will now get one of these as their final allocation from IANA. There will be an announcement about this situation on February 3rd. Check out this link for the live stream.
This blog post covers some significant items that ever enterprise should review when adding IPv6 to an existing network. This is not a comprehensive list, but is an excellent place to start when considering IPv6 security additions to an existing general network security approach.
Stan Barber, Chair of TXv6TF, will be a speaker at the 2011 TTVN Annual Conference at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas. His topic is Real IPv6 in a Multi-Vendor World and will cover issues that come up when adding IPv6 to multi-vendor enterprise networks.
Fast Company has an article about World IPv6 Day. Mark the date and get involved in you can!
Some of you may have been wondering how TXv6TF would be impacted by the merger of The Planet (our official hosting provider since TXv6TF started) and SoftLayer. The news is outstanding. SoftLayer will continue to provide TXv6TF with hosting services, just as The Planet did. However, it gets even better. The new site is now hosted on the SoftLayer platform, which is the framework that the merged company will continue to grow and develop.
SoftLayer has been offering IPv6 as part of its regular product since 2009 and has made supporting IPv6 on a dedicated hosting platform very straight forward. This means reliability and easy deployment for those that want to use IPv6 today.
TXv6TF looks forward to many years of collaboration with SoftLayer as IPv6 ascends to dominance as the primary Internet Protocol. Special thanks to Paul Ford and Dani Roisman for getting the gears moving to facilitate this migration.
Stan Barber, Chair of the TXv6TF, will be participating in a forum at IEEE GLOBECOM 2010 on December 8, 2010. For more details, check out the on-line program.
Level(3) is providing IPv6 transit to customers today as they recently delivered this service to one of the TXv6TF board members. Unfortunately, the total number of IPv6 routes they are providing is not quite as high as their competitors. Direct analysis of the routes available today show that Level(3)’s IPv6 routing table is around 2800 routes while others are providing closer to 3800. This appears to be due to the lack of proper IPv6 peering with Google and Hurricane Electric. Time table for addressing this is believed to be within the next couple of months. Watch this blog for future updates.
Today, AT&T presented another IPv6 webcast. This time the topic was on planning a transition to IPv6. Returning in this presentation was Tom Siracusa with a new partner, Robbie Harrell.
Robbie said that he believes that Asia-Pacific and Europe are somewhat ahead of the US, more so in education than in implementation.
Tom emphasized that enterprise customers will likely be initially impacted by access from the outside world to their public-facing resources. This is because there will start to be a rapidly growing community of IPv6-only users starting after the exhaustion of the IPv4 free pool.
Tom said that a feature of a good transition strategy would be to use tunnels where necessary, but arrange for internal tunnels to be terminated inside the enterprise and not traverse the firewall. Similarly, externally-originated tunnels should also not traverse the firewall.
Online discussion of this event is available to registered users on the AT&T Networking Exchange forum site.