IPv6? Why, you are the first one to ask for it!

Mark Andrews marka at isc.org
Tue Mar 1 19:14:00 CST 2011

In message <D338D1613B32624285BB321A5CF3DB25130D83A330 at ginga.ai.net>, Deepak Ja
in writes:
> > The board to the managers/sales people: "Please explain us again why we
> > can't have more customers?"
> Let's be real for a second, there are plenty of backbone-ish companies 
> that have been around long enough to accumulate tons, and tons of IPv4 
> space. 
> I remember an old SP that used to give every PC in their NOC, possibly 
> their whole company, a /24 and /16s weren't hard to get either. Lots of 
> shops that had IP-based hosting that have gone name-based probably have 
> tons of available space too.
> The "no more IP addresses available" will affect folks unevenly... if I 
> were to guess, mostly the folks that aren't large/old enough to have gobs 
> of space lying around but are too large to get provider space. I'm also 
> guessing that these guys are the ones creating the most pressure for IPv6 
> in their upstreams, as it serves their interests to make IPv4 unneeded as 
> soon as possible.
> The next big surge of IT spend that isn't about reduction or 
> consolidation will create pressure on Enterprises to use more address 
> space, and if they are nearly out of IPv4 space (with firewalls, NAT, 
> VPNs, etc, not a lot of pressure there) they will push their SPs for it. 
> Government contracts for telecomm all require IPv6 support, and all the 
> vendors on them say they support it, but gov't customers trying to order 
> say that is a no-go. (As of two weeks ago)... so even gov't isn't a big 
> enough buyer to make this happen sooner.
> DJ

While some companies will have plenty of IPv4 space for a long time, not
all the people they communicate with will.  Some of them will be forced
into using IPv6 sooner rather than later.  All companies need to be ready
for that regardless of how much IPv4 they have.

Mark Andrews, ISC
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