January 30, 2014 archive

TDYR #085 – What Keeps Network Operators Away From The Internet Standards Process?

What are the barriers preventing more network operators from being engaged in the open Internet standards process of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)? In this episode I raise that question and ask anyone operating a network or providing network services to please take a couple of minutes to fill out a quick survey. More info at: http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140130_how_do_we_get_more_network_operator_feedback_into_ietf_standards/ http://www.internetsociety.org/deploy360/blog/2014/01/new-project-operators-and-the-ietf/

Time To Get IPv6! ARIN Starts Allocation From Its LAST Major Block Of IPv4 Addresses

ARIN logoSoooo… if you are in North America and have NOT started planning for a migration of your network to IPv6, now would be a REALLY good time to start doing so!  The news comes today from the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) that they have now started allocating IPv4 addresses from their last contiguous block of IPv4 addresses.

Now, this doesn’t mean that ARIN is out of IPv4 addresses… but it’s getting really close!  Per ARIN’s IPv4 Countdown Plan page, they only have 1.42 /8s left.  Basically, they have 104.x.x.x to allocate out to Internet service providers (ISPs) and then a number of other smaller ranges and then…

Boom.  That’s it!

There will be no more *new* IPv4 addresses available in the US, Canada and many Caribbean and North Atlantic islands.

Existing IPv4 addresses will continue to work just fine, of course, but any new networks or devices seeking to be connected to the public Internet are going to have to re-use existing IPv4 addresses via ugly NAT arrangements – or go IPv6.  So… mobile operators looking to expand and add on more devices.  All the companies looking to bring a zillion more appliances and devices onto the Internet via the “Internet of Things”.  Any expansions into new geographic areas.

We’ve been saying for years that we’d be running out IPv4 addresses… but now it’s actually happening in North America!  (and also in the European and Asia Pacific regions)

It’s time to get going with IPv6!  What are you waiting for?  And how can we help you?

How Do We Get More Network Operator Feedback Into IETF Standards? Please Take This Survey (Featured Blog)

How do we get more feedback from the operators of networks back into the standards process of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)? How do we help know whether the open standards being developed within the IETF reflect the operational realities of the networks into which those standards will be deployed? If we could get more network operators participating in the IETF standards process, would that result in better standards that are deployed faster? More...

Road Trip To Montreal? Awesome Women’s Curling In Scotties Tournament of Hearts Feb 1-9

2014 Scotties Tournament of HeartsWow! I had no idea that the amazing “Scotties Tournament of Hearts” was happening this year so close to us up in Montreal, Quebec!

From Saturday, February 1, 2014, through Sunday, February 9, you’ll have the opportunity to watch some of the best women’s curling teams out there competing in this annual Canadian curling championship. Given the Canadian love of curling, the competition is fierce and so the teams that make it into the “Scotties” play at an unbelievable level of the sport. They typically make shots that I could only dream of someday making!

Alas, I don’t think that I’ll be able to make it up to Montreal this year, but if you can it would be an amazing experience to see these curling teams in action!  No news on their site or their Facebook page about a live video stream but perhaps we’ll see more about that closer to the time of the event.