Mar 232012
Spend 30 minutes with IPv6 every Friday!

Get Ready for IPv6 World Launch now!

It’s only two and a half month left to the World IPv6 Launch and it’s time for you to speed up the process  with learning and implementing IPv6 for your public services – email, web, SIP and DNS. We’ve written several articles about what you need to do, specially the one focused on how to get ready for the IPv6 Launch. Luckily this site is not the only one that wants to guide you through the world of IPv6. This Friday, we’ll point you to other resources that contains knowledge bases and links to IPv6 information. Spend 30 minutes on discovering IPv6 and then book a meeting Monday morning with your group to discuss how you prepare your organization for the World IPv6 Launch, June 6th!


Internet Society is the organization behind the IETF and many other Internet-related activities. One project is called Deploy 360, a group that is tasked to promote new Internet technologies, amongst them IPv6. The site (and the Twitter flow) has a lot of information about IPv6 and is a good starting point on your IPv6 adventures.

“The Internet Society Deploy360 Programme is a new initiative that provides real-world IPv6, DNSSEC, etc. deployment information. Deploy360 aims to bridge the gap between the IETF standards process and final adoption of those standards by the global operations community. “

The registries – APNIC, ARIN and RIPE

The Internet registries – for example ARIN and RIPE –  manage IPv6 (and still a few IPv4) addresses. All of them promote IPv6 and have produced a lot of information, including presentations that you are free to use, promotional material, in-depth documents and much more. Here’s a few links to start with:

A big THANK YOU to these organizations for providing these resources to the community!

Vendors supporting IPv6

Some vendors have published IPv6 pages. Some of them are old and not very updated, so be careful out there. Also, please request detailed information from them about the IPv6 support in their products and services. It’s not enough to simply say “IPv6 ready” – you need to know on a more detailed level what they support, especially in the area of dual stack deployments and IPv6 address management. Too many times, I find their information too confusing. If you have some good examples that I’ve missed, please don’t hesitate to post feedback here on the site or in one of our other channels.

Here’s a few to pick from:

In the vendor category, IBM Software is clearly the winner with a clear list of IPv6 support in their software, making it easy for customers to evaluate their status . I hope that more vendors collect their information like that and produce an easy-to-find entrance point for finding out the companies position in regards to IPv6 and their current level of support in products and services.
Open Source projects are in many cases lacking clear and easy-to-find information about the IPv6 support in their software, so they are no better than the commercial vendors.

Blogs, magazines and other resource sites

There are many people out there that helps the community by sharing information, spreading the word and publishing how-to documents. I can’t list them all, so I will just mention a few random sites here. On the sites mentioned above you’ll find links to many good places to go IPv6 exploring. Google or your favorite search site will kindly help you find the rest of them.
As I said above, this is not a complete list or an awards list, just a list of random pointers I use in my IPv6 work (and the lack of information I keep noticing).  Now it’s up to you. Go to your vendors or Open Source project sites, find out what their status is and start planning your work for the World IPv6 Launch.
I won’t disturb you any more today, as I understand that you have work to do. If you’re already done and have IPv6 on your customer-facing systems, please don’t forget to list your site on the listing!