[afripv6-discuss] Fwd: [afgwg-discuss] 6 Steps for Jump-Starting IPv6 Adoption in Government

Mukom Akong T. mukom.tamon at gmail.com
Wed May 23 13:40:21 SAST 2012

On Wed, May 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM, Victor Ndonnang
<ndonnang at isoc-cameroon.org> wrote:
> We are running a
> IPv6 project (www.impactipv6.net) in Cameroon and this will very helpful for
> us as far as our project is to raise awareness and train engineers, network
> administrators and give a real boost to the effective deployment of IPv6 in
> Cameroon.


> So IPv6 adoption and deployment is more about planning than anything else?

To paraphrase someone "Plans are NOTHING, planning is EVERYTHING". I'd
say IPv6 adoption is 95% DOing and 5% planning.
> Victor Ndonnang.
> ISOC Cameroon Chapter
> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : afripv6-discuss-bounces at afrinic.net
> [mailto:afripv6-discuss-bounces at afrinic.net] De la part de Adiel Akplogan
> Envoyé : mercredi 23 mai 2012 10:59
> À : afripv6-discuss at afrinic.net
> Objet : [afripv6-discuss] Fwd: [afgwg-discuss] 6 Steps for Jump-Starting
> IPv6 Adoption in Government
> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: "Adiel A. Akplogan" <adiel at akplogan.com>
>> Date: May 23, 2012 13:50:59 PM GMT+04:00
>> To: afgwg-discuss at afrinic.net
>> Subject: [afgwg-discuss] 6 Steps for Jump-Starting IPv6 Adoption in
> Government
>> You may find this article interesting.
> http://www.govtech.com/policy-management/6-Steps-for-Jump-Starting-IPv6-Adop
> tion-in-Government.html
>> May 22, 2012 By Brian Heaton
>> Confused on how to adopt IPv6 for your state or local government website?
> If so, you’re likely not alone.
>> Sixty percent of enterprise IT teams don’t have an IPv6 plan in place,
> according to a recent survey by Infoblox, a provider of automated network
> controls. But fear not — joining the IPv6 movement may be easier than you
> think.
>> Paul Ebersman, IPv6 evangelist with the Infoblox IPv6 Center of
> Excellence, said that while the change involves Internet connectivity,
> government tech professionals shouldn’t assume the only equipment that needs
> to be IPv6-capable is networking technology. IPv6 is the Internet’s
> next-generation protocol that, unlike the current IPv4 standard, has
> essentially an inexhaustible number of IP addresses.
>> “The reality is it’s a complete change in how the Internet works below
> that affects everything,” Ebersman said of IPv6 adoption. “Things you don’t
> think about [such as] hardware, software, applications, wireless video
> cameras, legacy gear in your accounting department. You need to discover
> what all of those things are and see if you have a migration path for those
> devices.”
>> In addition, one of the key steps government agencies should consider is
> making a commitment to only buy new equipment that is IPv6 compliant. This
> way, over time a government’s normal technology refresh cycle will naturally
> filter out non-IPv6 devices.
>> Ebersman felt putting that mandate in place would be “huge” for
> governments wanting to move to IPv6, without altering budget practices or
> bid cycles much, except to add an additional requirement to the process.
>> Focused specifically on website compatibility, however, the Infoblox IPv6
> Center of Excellence provided six basic steps that state and local
> governments can take to make their websites accessible to IPv6 devices:
>>       • Get IPv6 addresses from your Regional Internet Registry (RIR) or
> Internet service provider;
>>       • Get IPv6 connectivity from your ISP;
>>       • Identify candidate Web and DNS server(s) and the supporting
> network(s) for IPv6 adoption;Audit Web and DNS server(s) and the supporting
> network(s) for IPv6 support;
>>       • For Web and DNS server(s) as well as supporting network(s)
> configure dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 (or employ appropriate transition
> technology); and
>>       • Publish IPv6 DNS records (AAAAs) for the main website.
>> IPv6 Needed
>> IP addresses are the identifying numbers given to each device that goes
> online. IPv4, a protocol with those numbers, was launched in 1981 and has
> about 4 billion addresses. But with the sharp increase of devices connecting
> to the Internet, the last of those IPv4 number has been assigned. To meet
> the increased demand, IPv6 was created.
>> The challenge facing technology professionals is that IPv4 and IPv6 can’t
> be merged. Both versions need to run parallel. There are short-term
> solutions, such as assigning an IPv6 address to a temporary IPv4 number, but
> as more devices connect to the Web inevitably the final IPv4 numbers will be
> used up and those devices will be wholly dependent on IPv6 numbers.
>> At some point, domains that aren’t running the IPv6 protocol will not be
> able accessible to those devices operating with only an IPv6 IP address,
> thus the push for IPv6 adoption.
>> So why do some agencies and companies in the U.S. still lack an IPv6 plan?
> Ebersman said the delay is likely due to a lack of understanding that there
> actually is an IP address shortage. He explained that the U.S. has had a
> wealth of IPv4 space compared to the rest of the world, so the urgency
> hasn’t been present until now.
>> In addition, mobile connectivity and “bring-your-own-technology”
> initiatives are acting as another driver for IPv6 adoption. In the past,
> handheld devices traditionally didn’t have the bandwidth capabilities that
> computers did, but widespread use of tablets has changed the playing field,
> Ebersman explained.
>> “Even though you don’t think you have a need to provide IPv6 connectivity,
> suddenly a whole class of your customers and users that you are supporting
> actually do need to have that,” Ebersman said, referring to local and state
> governments that are now seeing more citizens accessing official websites
> via mobile devices.
>> “While most of the wireless providers are doing transition technologies,
> the performance is not the same as it would be with native IPv6,” he added.
> “There will be a performance difference users will see if you enable v6 as
> well as v4 on your website.”
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