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RE: IPv6
From: "Deepak Jain" <deepak () ai net>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2003 07:01:57 -0400


At least there is general consensus among pretty much
everyone - with the exception of a small number of cranks -
that IPv6 is
good.

Now I'm officially a crank because i fail to see why IPv6 is any better
than slightly perked up IPv4 - except for the bottom line of box vendors
who'll get to sell more of the new boxes doing essentially the same thing.

Vadim --

        You're only a crank if you don't think a slightly perked up IPV4 is a good
thing. :)

        My justification for IPV6 being a good thing is this:

        1) Is IPV4 approaching an addressing limitation?
        2) Does IPV6 provide a significant buffer of new addresses (given current
allocation policies) the way
        IPV4 did when it was new?

If (1 & 2) => IPV6 is good
If (1 | 2) => undefined
If !(1 & 2) => who cares?

        I (personally) don't think IPV6 will change the way the internet operates
in a significant fashion
        overnight. I think the vast majority of operators will just use IPV6 like
funny IPV4 addresses. I think
        this is a good thing it says the current internet basically works.

        I think box vendors will always find something to sell, and they are always
trying to rewrap existing features/functionality into new an exciting
products -- though I think its marketing's fault, not the engineers. I am
sure you will agree, network service providers do much the same thing with
VPN/MPLS tunnel/mumble products.

My $0.02,

Deepak Jain
AiNET




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