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[AfriNIC-rpd] Staff Comments & Implementation Impact Analysis, of the IPv4 Soft Landing Policy (AFPUB-2010-v4-005)

Mukom Akong T. tamon at
Fri Jan 14 11:37:24 UTC 2011

Staff Comments & Implementation Impact Analysis
of the IPv4 Soft Landing Policy (AFPUB-2010-v4-005)

1.0 Introduction

The “IPv4 Soft Landing Proposal” defines the method that we shall use to
manage IPv4 addresses out of the last /8 block. In this document, we
analyze the impact of this policy proposal to our internal procedures
and processes.

2.0 Actions arising from the proposal

The final version that reached consensus at the AfriNIC-13 public policy
meeting in Sandton, South Africa, November 2010, is at:

Key actions points from the proposal:

The following phases of address consumption have been defined:

Current Phase:  The period during which we allocate IPv4 space using
current policies until either or all of the following conditions are met:
	a. A member’s request cannot be fulfilled using the addresses in the
free pool, with exception of the last /8.
	b. A member’s request can be fulfilled but would leave the IPv4 pool
empty, with the exception of the last /8.
Exhaustion Phase: The period after the current phase, when we have to
start issuing IPv4 space from the last /8.

Action points to note:

2.1 Public Announcement of the “Exhaustion Phase” to the community along
with its two associated stages.
2.2 Reservation of a /12 (from the last /8) for future unseen uses.
2.3 Reservation of a /11 (from the last /8) for the “IPv6 transition”
stage of the Exhaustion Phase.
2.4 Modification of the maximum allocation size to /13 right from the
end of the Current Phase until the starting of the “IPv6 transition”
stage of the Exhaustion Phase.
2.5 Modification of the maximum and minimum allocation sizes (/22 and
/27 respectively) during the “IPv6 transition” stage of the Exhaustion
2.6 Modification of the planning window from 12 to 8 months, and
enforcement during resource request evaluation.
2.7 Modification of the utilization percentage for previous allocations
from 80% to 90% for existing members requesting additional address space.
2.8 Issuance of an IPv6 prefix to all existing members requesting for
additional IPv4 space that do not have an IPv6 prefix.

3.0 Impact to Internal Processes

3.1 Resource Request Evaluation

Process changes to cater for action points 2.4 through 2.8

3.2 Billing and Finance

There is no foreseen significant impact of this proposal to the
processes of the finance department.

4.0 Other Areas of Impact

4.1 MyAfriNIC

Changes to MyAfriNIC to include 2.4, 2.5 and 2.7

4.2 The whois server

Provide for 2.4 and 2.5 as and when appropriate.

4.3 Training Material

Modify training material as the phases evolve.

4.4 Website

Periodic communication to the community about the evolution of the
activities in 2.0 above.

4.5 Internal Collaboration Tools (Wiki/E-Groupware)

Updating of all relevant information for internal processes and
procedures (on internet resource management) as appropriate.

5.0 Implementation of the proposal

The long-term general impact to AfriNIC internal business processes as a
result of the ratification of this policy proposal is minimal – See 6.0

6.0 Categorization of “impact” scenarios.

Minimal: Will be implemented with no impact to ongoing projects and
activities, human resources and budget. Till take  0-3 months.

Moderate: May require additional human resources and updates to network
infrastructure. Could impact the budget to be implemented. Will take 3-6

Critical: Implementation of the policy requires major overhaul of
company infrastructure, human resources and business processes. Will
grossly impact the budget and will be implemented in 6-12 months or more.

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