Jim Bound - Spotlight on IPv6 Challenges
An IPv6 Task Force SC Initiative
Political & Business Issues:
- What are the challenges IPv6 is facing today in the market?
Patience. IPv6 is gradually being deployed now in Provider (e.g. NSPs, Governments, some Enterprises) backbone core networks and on the edge. >From there that will permit a vantage point to provide two important deployment scenarios. First the provisioning of Web Services using IPv6 and eventually 3G IMS, and second a network path to permit the use of end-to-end peer-to-peer applications to be developed. The original chicken and egg issue is gone from my view, all know the advantages of IPv6, the question is now how do they get there operationally and where do the additional budget requirements come from or is it all going to be done with technology refresh. The market can see the benefits of the restoration of end-to-end now, but are not clear how to get there, and the business and technology problem is greater than just the IPv6 layer 3 protocol. Thus the IPv6 Forum now needs to become more involved with NGN, Net Centricity, and other networking points of light not just IPv6, to make sure IPv6 is deployed sooner than later.
- Does IPv6 need a killer application to achieve accelerated deployment?
Absolutely not. I view it this way now and that is the focus should be on the application of IPv6, not IPv6 applications, and stressing the business advantages as we identified in the IPv6 Forum 2006 World Congress Report.
- Do you have any opinion on when we'll see IPv6 uptake globally?
No. I think each region will need to get their house in order for production deployment. Regarding academic and research deployment that is global today and will extend over time. But, academic and research deployment do not help the production deployment of IPv6 other than a test bed to locate bugs in the IPv6 deployment scenarios and an important aspect to IPv6 deployment evolution.
- When do you expect IPv4 addresses to become exhausted?, can you foresee
other solution than IPv6 for a global Internet?
Based on the recent IPv6 Forum Tony Hain studies I believe between 2010 and 2012 the crisis will truly happen. But, it could happen sooner if vendors or enterprises want to deploy 200 million IPv6 devices then the chess game is in check mate and we have a real issue as economic growth has just been
stifled on planet earth. Not good for any business entities or the earth inhabitants.
- What are in your opinion the biggest flaws of IPv6? Can they be tackled?
I am not going to discuss warts in an email message I can think of not one technology in the world I cannot find flaws with today. I see no major show stoppers for IPv6 today. Down the road after IPv6 is deployed widely as IPv4 we will need to re-think the IP multihoming problem we live with today with
IPv4. One other pressing issue for IP in general I do want to note is PKI for IPsec this is still not resolved in the market place and key to wide deployment of end-to-end.
- What real benefits can IPv6 bring to end-users?
Please post all the URLs to the numerous IPv6 Advantages presented for the past 5 years and our recent IPv6 Forum World Congress Report. The key ones I list always are as follows: Restoration of the end-to-end Internet model, larger number of addresses, new Node Discovery Architecture, Stateless Autoconfiguration, and the enhancements to Mobile IPv6 routing. All of these advantages and new features for the Internet breed additional sub-Advantages as a set of dominos.
- Do you think security will be better with IPv6 than currently with IPv4,
or is this a completely independent issue?
Completely independent issue except the restoration of end-to-end will permit the use of end-to-end network security, which I believe to be a superior security model than today.
- Does IPv6 offer better privacy?
- Will applications become easier to deploy?
No. Other than again the restoration of end-to-end permits the market to begin development of new peer-to-peer applications.
- Do you see any major differences in training engineers for IPv6+IPv4?
Not really. Any technology emerging requires training and costly.
- Is there a business case for IPv6?
Sure see the IPv6 Forum World Congress Report.
- Does IPv6 have to demonstrate an ROI?
No. That is standard operating procedure for any business entity. Again
see the IPv6 Forum World Congress Report.
- Can IPv6 be a turning point regarding the global Internet?
Sure. Restoration of end-to-end.
- Why is Europe and the US lagging behind? And Is Asia really ahead of them?
They are not this is pure myth. Asia has invested more in academia and research there is no more production of IPv6 in Asia than other geographies at this time or ROI.
- Can China take leadership and become the center of new Internet solutions?
Absurd question does not even deserve a response. This is silly.
- What's the societal impact?
- Can IPv6 empower the citizen?
No. But end-to-end can give them better opportunity to communicate on the global Internet with a device.
- Can the IPv4 address shortage be used as a monopoly resource to control
the Internet? Would there be a black market for IPv6?
I think the U.N. and ICANN have this under control and trust their judgment for now.
- Can Europe, and the World - one day - bear with the fact that the public
Internet can't grow anymore because the addresses ran out? Can business live
and thrive without that growth?
I don't think so and if that happens there will be no choice but for large global monopolies to be formed and I don't believe that is a good economic strategy.
- What's the business impact of not doing IPv6?
See your question above this question for the answer.
- Can government play a role in driving IPv6 deployment?
Sure. Governments have for centuries assisted the evolution of technology see the history of Davinci, Einstein, or Goddard.
- How would you qualify the support awarded by your government to IPv6
From the U.S. par Excellent. And I believe the same as CTO IPv6 Forum
working with Governments internationally.