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IPv6 21 October 2013

Montevideo, Future Internet Cooperation and… the Universal Deployment of IPv6

Leslie Daigle
By Leslie DaigleFormer Chief Internet Technology Officer

This blog is about Internet technology — it matters!  But sometimes it's important to take a step back from the technology itself and focus on the cooperation and collaboration that are essential in order to have a fully functioning, global inter-network.

Earlier this month, the leaders of organizations responsible for the management and coordination of the Internet technical infrastructure met in Montevideo, Uruguay.  At the end of their meeting, they issued a
statement
, calling for continued collaboration and cooperation.  You can see some of the context that frames statements like that in the recent speech of the Internet Society CEO, Lynn St.Amour.

Here, I wanted to call particular attention to the statement's call  for the transition to IPv6 to remain a top priority globally:  "In particular Internet content providers must serve content with both IPv4 and IPv6 services, in order to be fully reachable on the global Internet."

The world is making good progress on the deployment of IPv6 — enough that we thought it was time to revisit the question of "What Success Looks Like" for IPv6.  During the week of the upcoming IETF 88 meeting in Vancouver, Canada, we'll be hosting a briefing panel on that topic, to address questions such as:

  • How much IPv6 traffic is "enough"?
  • Enterprise networks do not generate lots of traffic, but are heavily dependent on the Internet for outsourced services. Can we have a v6 Internet without enterprise deployments? What's stopping them?
  • Apart from backbone IPv6 traffic, what are the key milestones for IPv6 progress? E.g., the relationship between IPv6 deployment and (reduced) reliance on Large Scale NAT

Keep your eye on the event page for details on registering to attend, or follow the audiocast!

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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