Implementing IPv6 is no longer optional

The exhaustion of IPv4 space from IANA is coming as soon as February (yes, next month!) and the reserve held by the RIRs will be running dry shortly thereafter. The ability to provide (and use) IPv6 infrastructure is no longer optional; it is a requirement.

ISC, unlike others who may talk the talk in regard to IPv6 experience, has been walking the walk with a thorough understanding of the operational aspects of IPv6 since 2002 when we began testing IPv6 in the F-root DNS nameservers running BIND, ISC’s DHCP product added IPv6 support in 2007. ISC’s AFTR [router software designed specifically to ease transition to an IPv6 backbone network], was released in 2009. SNS – ISC’s DNS hosting service – has supported IPv6 since its inception in 2010. We’re ready and willing to share our knowledge.

ISC is continuing to show leadership and innovation in the IPv6 arena, coming out with valuable training in how to implement IPv6. Everything from an introduction to the IPv6 protocol to specific deployment information via hands-on labs and interactive discussion. The class will also include new technologies for bridging the chasm between IPv4 and IPv6 deployments including information on ISC’s AFTR implementation.

Our initial class will be held at our Redwood City office January 19 – 21. This is the first run of the class, and as such, we are declaring it to be a “beta” — it is 3-days in length where we expect the following IPv6 classes to be 2 days in length. Beyond that difference, I can say that the class will be the same high quality that is expected from all ISC training.

For years, we’ve heard about IPv6 and the need for deployment. For years, we’ve heard that IPv4 space is running out. It’s true. The time is now, so come and get trained.

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