[arin-ppml] The non-deployment of IPv6
cengel at sponsordirect.com
Wed Dec 9 10:16:50 EST 2009
Well, speaking for myself and the Enterprise I manage..... I see absolutely no reason to do IPv6 at the present time. There is no benefit to it and a fairly decent cost. Furthermore the paradigm is sufficiently different that it's not like it's a seemless transition from v4. If they had just taken 4 and tacked on a few more octets but made no other changes as to how it worked, that might be a bit of a different story. No surprise that many Enterprises aren't rusing to adopt. The key question for an Enterprise Admin is do you have control over the hardware and networks on which the services you provide depend? If the answer to that is ....yes.... then looking to switch to v6 really makes no sense.
The point at which you need to do something about v6 is when you are going to start getting external traffic (SMTP, HTTP, etc.) from v6 only users... or when your own users are going to start to want to access v6 only sites. That, I imagine is still a fair ways off.
When that happens what the Enterprise Admin is most likely to look at doing is layering in support for those functions in a way that requires the MINIMUM neccesary changes to thier existing infrastructure. I imagine that will be some variety of v4 to v6 gateway services or something like that. A few years down the road, if some-one is building a new network from the ground up I could see them maybe deciding to go v6 native. However, for existing networks...as long as there are robust v4 to v6 solutions available....and I imagine there will be due to demand.... I can't see any reason to switch away from v4 native for the forseeable future.
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