The year 2010 was perhaps the last year we will see without significant progress around IPv6. Here are some of (IMHO) the top 10 IPv6 related stories in 2010. Did I miss any significant story? Please comment.
1. Google turns on IPv6 for Youtube
Google turns on Ipv6 for YouTube at 28 January of 2010. Service providers around the globe are seeing a significant increase in Ipv6 traffic.
2. Comcast start IPv6 trials
Comcast announces end user Ipv6 trials in January of 2010. Over 5,000 customers sign up for the trials.
3. DNS64/NAT64 becomes an alternative to Dual Stack
T-mobile US and a few wireless providers in Slovenia explains to the world that they are seriously considering Ipv6 only handsets using 6 to 4 gateways to reach the IPv4 Internet. The technique used is DNS64/NAT64 and T-mobile announces an open trial in September that people with the Ipv6 capable handsets can sign up for.
4. The realization of IPv6 brokenness
In May of 2010 news are released around the fact that adding AAAA to your DNS might break some clients. The problem appears to be because of an old versions of the Opera Broswer and old versions of MacOS doesn’t handle dual stack correctly. This becomes a major discussion topic after Tore Anderson reports his findings and gets slashdotted.
5. Increased interest in the “when” question
People are realizing that it is not a matter of IF if they need to deploy IPv6, it is a matter of WHEN. So what’s the target date? People, Experts and bloggers around the web are speculating and have different theories. However, the question when IANA depletion date will be exhausted suddenly becomes much clearer when AfriNIC unexpectedly allocates 1 x /8 in November. After that, more or less everybody agrees on an end of January / Beginning of February 2011 timeframe.
6. The new IPv6 OMB mandate for the federal US
In September, the Office of Management and Budget is releasing a new IPv6 mandate. This mandate is somewhat more direct in terms of what needs to be done compared to the old IPv6 mandate that in reality never got implemented. The new timeframe is September 2012 for external services and September 2014 for internal networks. Not that very aggressive but better than nothing.
7. Lack of IPv6 strategies from some large organizations
2010 is the year when it becomes clear that some service and content providers are falling seriously behind in IPv6 preparation and rollout. It becomes clear that they will have a hard time catching up, risking revenue and customers.
I will not mention any of the laggards here, instead I want to thank organizations that are adopting and promoting IPv6: Comcast, Verizon Wireless, T-mobile, Softlayer, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Netflix, ARIN, Cisco, Juniper and Gogo6 are some of them.
8. Increased IPv4 allocation rate
The allocation rate from IANA to the RIRs exploded in 2011 resulting in a record 19 x /8 blocks allocated to the RIRs. Statistically you can see that the RIRs are also experiencing an increased demand for IPv4 addresses from their members, culminating in October when Comcast gets a /9 allocated.
9. Return of the Interop Ipv4 network
Most of the legacy Interop show network with 16 million IPv4 addresses are returned to ARIN in November. But don’t draw any foolish conclusions; this is most likely the last of the legacy /8 to be recovered.
10. The IPv6 Task force summits
People interested in IPv6 are organizing themselves in different IPv6 Task Forces around the globe. The local task forces in the US are organizing several well attended events:
www.txv6tf.org , www.rmv6tf.org , www.cav6tf.org
Written by Stephan Lagerholm © 2011