[arin-ppml] general vendor comment
farmer at umn.edu
Thu May 7 14:28:37 EDT 2009
IPv6 has been a desired feature (gives you a better score) in
all our RFPs for about 5 years now, and the weight for IPv6
has been going up and up over the years. A good road map
counted to, but actual support counted more. By the way
most, but not all, network gear we have purchased over the
past 5 years can support IPv6, at least by now after software
upgrades delivered from those road maps.
I expect all future RFPs for network gear will have IPv6 as a
required feature. If you don't have it, we don't buy, no matter
how good your product is otherwise.
While this isn't really a ARIN policy issue, it is a really good
policy for all of us to implement locally. I'll bet, ARIN probably
subscribes to this policy internally for its purchases too.
On 7 May 2009 Kevin Kargel wrote:
> First I apologize to the list in advance if this is not an appropriate place
> for this comment.
> I am making a point of ending any conversation with a vendor with the
> question "What is your roadmap for IPv6. Future purchase and renewal
> decisions will be affected.". Almost invariably the answer is "Gee, you are
> the first person that has asked. We don't have a roadmap. I will forward
> this on to our development team and when there is a need I am sure we will
> pursue it."
> I would suggest to everyone that we all start requesting IPv6 information
> from our vendors, and submit feature requests when appropriate. Hardware
> and software vendors are not going to spend money to address this issue
> until they see a widespread business case to do so.
David Farmer Email:farmer at umn.edu
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