[opendtv] The other transition also lagging

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "OpenDTV (E-mail)" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 14:23:15 -0400

Most of the purported advantages of IPv6 listed in this
article are not factual, as IP multicast, QoS, security
mechanisms, virtual private networks, etc., are
simultaneously developed for IPv4 and IPv6. And have
been for a number of years now.

The primary advantages of IPv6 continue to be the
greater address space and the numerous
autoconfiguration and other address-related tricks the
wider address of IPv6 makes available that are not
possible with IPv4.

However, introducing IPv6 is not like falling off a log.
It requires a lot of retraining, and requires a whole
new period of readjustment and optimization, just as
IPv4 has done. And stating that IPv6 is published in
RFC 2460 ignores the litany of other standards that go
along with that, to cover all the related new ancillary
protocols that have to replace the existing ones (ARP,
ICMP, DHCP, IGMP, DNS, and on and on).  It's small
wonder that existing users don't blindly leap at it.

Interesting parallel.


Interest in IPv6 found to be lagging

Matthew Friedman
(05/19/2005 10:09 AM EDT)
URL: http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=3D163105682

Although it has been in the work for a decade, the
next-generation Internet protocol IPv6 has failed to
excite the interest of key decision makers in the
federal government and private sector, according to a
survey by equipment vendor Juniper Networks. Juniper's
Federal IPv6 IQ Study found that less than 7% of
respondents consider IPv6 "very important to achieving
their IT goals," despite the fact that the protocol is
designed to address, among other things, many of the
quality of service, security, and network management
issues that concern them. The Federal government is
particularly indifferent to IPv6 and lags well-behind
the private sector in migration planning and

"The federal government and the vendor community need
to work together to educate IT decision makers on the
benefits of migrating to IPv6," Juniper Federal
Systems vice president Thomas Kreidler said in a
statement. "As the leading provider of end-to-end
IPv6-enabled solutions, Juniper Networks is committed
to working with the federal government to help ensure
a smooth transition to this next generation protocol
with high levels of network assurance and

Published by the Internet Engineering task Force in
RFC2460 in 1995, IPv6 provides a larger IP address
space and provides native support for packet
encryption, header authentication, IPsec virtual
private networking, multicasting and dynamic address
configuration. A hard deadline for widespread IPv6
implementation is looming despite decision makers'
lack of interest; according to some estimates, the
number of IPv4 addresses will run out by 2010.

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