February 17, 2014 archive

Useful Internet-Draft: IPv6 Operational Guidelines for Datacenters

IETF LogoWhat should data center operators think about with regard to IPv6? One of the Internet Drafts in the V6OPS working group within the IETF aims to address this issue.  The latest version was just released two weeks ago on February 3, 2014, and can be found at:


As the abstract notes:

This document is intended to provide operational guidelines for datacenter operators planning to deploy IPv6 in their infrastructures. It aims to offer a reference framework for evaluating different products and architectures, and therefore it is also addressed to manufacturers and solution providers, so they can use it to gauge their solutions. We believe this will translate in a smoother and faster IPv6 transition for datacenters of these infrastuctures.

The document focuses on the DC infrastructure itself, its operation, and the aspects related to DC interconnection through IPv6. It does not consider the particular mechanisms for making Internet services provided by applications hosted in the DC available through IPv6 beyond the specific aspects related to how their deployment on the Data Center (DC) infrastructure.

Apart from facilitating the transition to IPv6, the mechanisms outlined here are intended to make this transition as transparent as possible (if not completely transparent) to applications and services running on the DC infrastructure, as well as to take advantage of IPv6 features to simplify DC operations, internally and across the Internet.

The document then goes on to look at the various stages of a transition to IPv6 and explores various methods by which the transition can occur. It also addresses operational considerations such as IPv6 address planning, monitoring and logging, and management systems.  Like other similar documents, it also includes many links for data center operators seeking to learn more.

If you operate a data center, you may find this document quite helpful!

P.S. I’ll note that the authors are definitely looking for feedback and so if you have suggestions based on your own experience with IPv6 in your data center, please do contact them – their email addresses are at the end of the document.

TDYR #103 – Missing The Great Canadian Screw

Canadians have a great screw: the Robertson or "square drive" head. When living in Canada we discovered how superior the Robertson screw is from the Phillips screw we use in the USA - and I've since used these screws in all my building projects. However, I'm running out of my stash... and I can't seem to find any sources locally. I was almost thinking I would have to make a run to Canada sometime to get some screws, when my wife had a better idea... :-) More info: http://www.robertsonscrew.com/history.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._L._Robertson http://thefoolscapjournal.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/the-perfect-screw-a-concise-history-of-the-robertson-head-screw-by-mark-bell-obsolence-correspondent-for-the-foolscap-journal/

FIR #743 – 2/17/14 – For Immediate Release

Recording with Zoom today; Quick News: free Business of Blogging ebook available, Twitter hosts 10,000 racial slurs daily, the top dozen crises of 2013, social media developments in air travel; Ragan promo; News That Fits: update on native advertising and brand journalism, Dan York's Tech Report, ADAC's PR disaster, Media Monitoring Minute from CustomScoop, listener comments, Oracle's employee advocacy efforts, last week on the FIR Podcast Network, a survey on European CCOs; how to comment; music from Kara Square and Piero Peluche; and more.