Fwd: Interesting problems with using IPv6

Christopher Morrow morrowc.lists at gmail.com
Mon Sep 8 18:30:00 UTC 2014


On Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 1:28 PM, Barry Shein <bzs at world.std.com> wrote:
>
> Reading the article what occurs to me is:
>
> IPv4 requires a certain amount of administrative personnel overhead.
>
> It's relatively low which is certainly one reason for the success of
> IPv4. People are expensive so any new, pervasive technology will be
> judged at least in part on its personnel requirements.
>
> I'd go so far as to say that administering large IPv4 networks grows
> in personnel roughly as the log of the number of nodes.

surely this depends a LOT on the quality of the folk doing this job
and their foresight in automating as much as possible, no? (probably
this point isn't for debate, but the point is any network can be run
badly)

> If what this is telling us, or warning us, is that IPv6 networks
> require higher personnel costs then that could become a big issue.

is this a reflection of 'new technology' to the users (network folk)
in question?
What in ipv6 networking is inherently 'more people required' than ipv4
networking?

>
> Particularly among management where they've become used to a few to
> several people in a team running the heart of quite large networks.
>
> What if IPv6 deployment doubles or triples that personnel requirement
> for the same quality of administration?

this sounds, to me, like: "People need training or comfort with :
instead of . in 'ip address' stuff..." (and other similar differences
between how v4 and v6 operate at scale)

> Does anyone know of any studies along these lines? My guess is that
> there isn't enough data yet.

that sounds reasonable.


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