[arin-ppml] Encouraging IPv6 Transition (was: Clarify /29 assignment identification requirement)

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Wed May 16 10:47:24 EDT 2012

On 5/16/12, Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com> wrote:
> On May 16, 2012, at 5:34 AM, William Herrin wrote:
>> On 5/16/12, Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com> wrote:
>>> Looks to me like the current process is the best of the three even
>>> without
>>> the above correction to your analysis.
>> Until you throw in the missing goal, the one we're discussing in this
>> thread: Until IPv6 use is ubiquitous, barriers to acquiring
>> technically needful IPv6 address assignments should be minimized to
>> the maximum extent practical.
> To some extent, I agree with you. However, I don't believe that preemptive
> assignments remove barriers so much as create an illusory consumption.

I think that's a fair difference of opinion. Short of trying it, I
don't know that it's possible to prove it one way or another.

>> ARIN policy on IPv6 assignment presents far fewer barriers than it did
>> four years ago, but reasonable analysis grades any resource request
>> from ARIN as "difficult."
> I disagree. It took  me less than an hour to prepare HE's subsequent
> allocation request for ARIN and submit it. It took less than 48 hours
> for ARIN to issue the requested /24.

You're a subject matter expert, as am I. Try it as someone who is
still learning IPv6 and has no knowledge of ARIN's deep mysteries.

Folks who don't have an IP address management specialist on staff
often contract someone each time they interact with ARIN or get one of
their ISP's specialists to help. Like hiring a lawyer to represent you
in court. You don't do that until your goal becomes a priority.

For the vast majority of organizations, IPv6 deployment is not a high
priority and it's not likely to become a high priority any time soon.
You mean if I and everybody else rush to deploy IPv6 then I might not
have to worry about IP addresses ten years from now? Hrm.

Folks will fiddle with IPv6 out of curiosity and as part of the
routine effort to keep one's skills current. But such idle priority
tasks don't get high priority resources. Which means no consultants
and no major fees. Which means no address request to ARIN. Which means
zero idle-priority deployment of IPv6 for multihomed orgs. Which in
most cases is the only form of IPv6 deployment that can reasonably be
expected at this stage.

Bill Herrin

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