WG Action: Conclusion of IP Version 6 (ipv6)

John Curran jcurran at mail.com
Sun Sep 30 15:15:30 UTC 2007

At 11:35 PM +0930 9/30/07, Mark Prior wrote:
>> Alas, this particular feature set (functional IPv6 and transition tools)
>> is not just one new protocol feature or option; it's an order of magnitude
>> more complex and will take ISP's months (or even years) to deploy.
>These are the same ISPs and vendors that seem to have managed to deploy
>MPLS in a more rapid fashion.

That's was very different circumstance:  "See, if we light up our nationwide
and metro wavelengths with MPLS, we can not only run the cool Internet
stuff over it, but we can move all the intermarket/interswitch voice trunks
over it, and save $$ and will make any investment back real pronto.  Yep,
I've got the numbers right here.   Great, thanks for your help with this!"

IPv6 is:  "Well, umm, there's this IP assignment team, and ah.. no, I mean
Internet Protocol, not the legal department.  Yes, those two guys, right across
from the abuse desk.  Yep, the spam guys.  Anyway, they say there's a real
issue coming up soon, but we're not really sure when, and what??  Yes, it's
likely to be past your tenure here, but still, we need to spend $$ now to be
ready for this thing, and we're not really sure what the new architecture is
yet.  Huh?  No, I don't really know what our competitors are doing, but I'm
sure that... Okay, yep, I understand.  I'll send it all in an email.  Who else
should I send it to?  Hello? Hello?  Can you hear me now?"


p.s.  Apologies in advance to anyone I've worked with, IP registration folks
       in every ISP, and for anyone who's ad tag line I may have borrowed...

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