[arin-ppml] Is this more desired than aTransferPolicy? Needinput

David Farmer farmer at umn.edu
Mon Jan 5 19:31:50 EST 2009

On 4 Jan 2009 Michael Sinatra wrote:

> On 1/4/09 11:32 PM, Matthew Petach wrote:
> > On 11/19/08, Ted Mittelstaedt <tedm at ipinc.net> wrote:
> > Can you point me to Cisco and Juniper software images that
> > support IPv6 that do not require additional licensing costs
> > over what the IPv4-only software version costs?
> IOS 12.2(33)SXI (the latest release for the 6500 platform)
> All JunOS releases for the M and T series.
> > All the versions
> > I've looked at so far, the IPv6 capable software is different from
> > the IPv4 software, and getting IPv6 functionality requires paying
> > additional license fees, which is a stumbling point for a lot of
> > sites.  
> Yes, there are some platforms for brand c and brand j (and others)
> that require additional licensing, but there are also those that
> don't.  For a long time, Juniper made it an advertising point that
> they did not require any different image train or fees.  The fact that
> they are doing this for some of their newer platforms is not only
> disappointing, it's downright slimy, given the real need to move to
> IPv6.

The following is the first time I've seen this in print from Cisco, I've had 
private assurances that this was the direction for about a year now.  But 
since this is a published Cisco document I felt I could say something 
publicly.  So, I personally expect that over the next release or two for most 
Cisco platforms you should see similar moves for IPv6/IPv4 feature 
packaging parity.  Now, they need to keep working on IPv6/IPv4 feature 
availability parity.

Note the reference to "regional registries issuing advisory to the Internet 
community to adopt IPv6"

Way to go Cisco!!!

And good job, ARIN and the other RIRs too!!!

I haven't looked for anything similar from Juniper, but hopefully Juniper and 
others vendors will follow suit.


2. Release 12.2(33)SXI IP Version 6 (IPV6) Repackaging

For years, Cisco IOS has expanded support of IPv6 to the majority of its 
technology areas and hardware platforms. Originally added to the former IP 
Plus packaging, IPv6 support is currently available in Advanced IP Services, 
Enterprise Services and above features sets. Due to market trends such as 
available IPv4 address pool exhaustion and regional registries issuing 
advisory to the Internet community to adopt IPv6 and national mandates, 
Cisco IOS packaging for IPv6 is now evolving. Cisco is investing and offers 
IPv6 support for more and more technologies in order to accelerate and 
increase deployments based on Cisco IOS Software release. Cisco is taking 
this a step further by offering packaging parity for IPv6 with IPv4 such that 
IPv6 feature support for a technology will be packaged in the same feature 
set as IPv4. For example, IPv6 feature support for BGP will be packaged in 
IP Services where BGP for IPv4 resides today. This new IOS packaging for 
IPv6 is starting on Cisco IOS Software Release 12.2(33)SXI, and will get 
propagated to other IOS release trains in future.

PS. You might ask why are you being a shill for Cisco Dave?  Well, I 
slapped them pretty hard publicly about a year ago on this issue, so I felt I 
owed them an equally public acknowledgment that they got the message 
and are delivering.




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