[clug] IPv6

Paul Wayper paulway at mabula.net
Sat Jan 15 15:59:19 MST 2011

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On 01/13/2011 07:49 PM, Andrew Byrne wrote:
>> none of the major government departments
> All federal Government departments and agencies are working to the
> time frames defined in the "Strategy for the Implementation of IPv6 in
> Australian Government Agencies".
> http://www.finance.gov.au/e-government/infrastructure/internet-protocol-version-6.html
> I have been personally involved in the development of this strategy,
> and its implementation in the agency for which I work.  It's
> definitely happening.

Yes, I've read that document.  It seems to me to be quite quaintly optimistic
about the time frames.  Implementation by mid December 2012?  Firstly, that's
nearly two years after the (primary) run-out of IPv4 addresses.  Secondly, I
still suspect we'll see agencies begging for extra time to roll out IPv6 for
all sorts of nice-sounding but hand-waving reasons.

Thirdly, and I think most crucially, it really doesn't say much about what
form the actual IPv6 deployment must take.  Is it full IPv6 deployment inside
and out and between all departments?  IPv6 on all external-facing
applications?  IPv6 on all business-to-business links?  Or just an IPv6
address for the public website?  If a government department just deploys an
IPv6 address as an FTP site, is that OK as a 'deployment'?

That document seems very thin on detail.  Is there some larger tome that
specifies exactly what's expected, what's mandatory, and what the penalties
are for non-compliance?

I would be prepared to bet that some agencies haven't even been assigned IPv6
address spaces yet - and I note this isn't even addressed by the document
linked to.

And partly addressing Steve's comment about equipment costs, and referring to
my earlier analogies, I'd say that not building levee banks, buying flood
insurance and constructing dams because they all cost too much and give
engineers and accountants nice toys to play with is a pretty poor excuse when
you have flood waters carrying stuff away.

Anyway, I'm getting off this horse.

Have fun,

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