Alex Lightman, Publisher
This month's issue of 6Sense has a range of
insightful and thought-evoking articles. Tony Antoniou,
the CEO of Vemotion Limited in the U.K., describes
a possible killer app for v6 in pop entertainment,
for live concerts, interactive entertainment, and
live 24/7 news coverage, where video and related digital
content are streamed over the Internet, to PCs at
home or - especially - to mobile platforms such as
3G and 4G cell phones. Tony predicts a time when IP-based
netcasting will enable a widespread interactive "Lean
Forward" experience of televised content (especially
live), presumably leaving the traditional linear "Lean
Backward" TV watching to an older generation of curmudgeons.
Initial tests have shown very promising revenue streams.
George Usi of the North American IPv6 Task Force describes a more
serious application, a proposed pilot project for networking and
connecting first responders in the Sacramento area. The capability he
describes for providing video, graphics, situation assessment and medical
information to ad hoc groups of military, law enforcement, hospital and
other authorities in a crisis situation would not only provide a much-needed
service for DHS and EMS personnel, but showcase IPv6 technology as possibly
making the difference between life and death.
Juniper Networks reports on its survey of IT decision
makers in federal government and private organizations,
and shows that IT executives want the very features
that IPv6 was developed for, but seem unaware that
these capabilities are available to them via the New
Internet. The need for education, it appears, is huge.
Niall Murphy, the co-author of IPv6 Network Administration,
argues for making a case for IPv6 to the right people,
not just the usual technical arguments from the top
down, but technical and business arguments from the
bottom up as well as from the top down, to enroll
basic systems providers such as ISPs into jumping
onto the v6 bandwagon.
I have submitted an article identifying and debunking
twenty myths that have grown up around IPv6, without
many people realizing how prevalent or deep-seated
some of these are. As always, I welcome constructive
feedback, pro and con.
Ixia has thoughtfully submitted a handy Protocol
Reference Poster, and Red Herring, Info World and
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We welcome our many readers to this month's
issue, and thank the contributors for their time,
energy and consideration.
Chairman, Coalition Summit for IPv6
Lean Forward video services: increasing convergence,
demand for interactivity, exploiting IPv6
CEO, Vemotion Limited
I believe we are seeing important trends in the space
where interactive and live video (including digitally
generated cinema) need to be efficiently streamed,
typically using H.264 to provide a user-satisfying
video service, to mobile devices (mostly phones on
2.5G and 3G) and to PCs on the Internet.
Increasingly -- for streaming live music and events,
live 24-hour news services, highly interactive entertainment
and security applications -- we see Lean Forward's
array of interactive tools being used to generate
a new "mode" or genre in the way that
the younger generation uses converged access for compelling
I have described this as "Lean Forward video"
many times, as this seems to sum up the behaviour
at each extreme. What excites me about this is that
demand supports the view; as soon as some "Lean
Forward" is introduced into a video event, we
see average revenue per user (the all important ARPU)
MetroNet6 - Homeland Security IPv6 R&D over Wireless
by George Usi
North American IPv6 Task Force
A required technology capability within the U.S.
for Homeland Security is network communications (on
a 24x7x365 basis) between multiple forces for the
prevention of an attack, at the point of engagement
during a 911 event, as well as the ability for those
forces to be commanded at any point in time in an
ad hoc manner. This requirement calls for the integration
of multiple technologies, 911 communications platforms,
and access to an Internet infrastructure within Homeland
Security geography, and to the Office of Homeland
Security in Washington, D.C. The technology capability
should support multiple simultaneous events engaged
across the U.S. geography from a single command and
control center selected by the Office of Homeland
In the occurrence of a 911 event in a U.S. city or
town, the State police, firemen, hospital 911 personnel,
local police, and any other required local authorities
requiring computing resources in the field would be
able to provide advanced triage in handling trauma
situations, map emergent locations more accurately,
and report status to mobile units in a more efficient
manner. All of this and more can be achieved by using
secured mobile computing devices that would have their
own Metropolitan Network using IPv6 for voice, video,
graphics, intelligence, medical, and other forms of
data through multimedia communications, 24x7x365...
FULL DOCUMENT [PDF 350K]
Twenty Myths and Truths About IPv6
and the US IPv6 Transition (Such As It Is)
CEO, USIPv6 Summit, Inc.
After hearing over 350 presentations on IPv6 from IPv6-related events
in the US (seven of them), China, Spain, Japan, and Australia, and having
had over 3,000 discussions about IPv6 with over a thousand well-informed
people in the IPv6 community, I have come to the conclusion that all parties,
particularly the press, have done a terrible job of informing people about
the bigger picture of IPv6, over the last decade, and that we need to
achieve a new consensus that doesn't include so much common wisdom that
is simply mythical. There are many others in a position to do this exercise
better than I can, and I invite them to make a better list than mine,
1. Myth: There is no need for IPv6.
Truth: There are more needs for IPv6 than almost any
one person can imagine, as was true of all major information
technology advances, because the true potential of
IPv6 will be realized by billions of people, places
and things being connected - which will change many
societies, and will be used for decades.
It is true that there is no need for IPv6 in the U.S. based on an IPv4
address shortage, and the obsessive, almost maniacal, focus on this in
what little the press says about IPv6 has led to a very sterile discussion
that rarely seems to go on to new, more vital topics. Of the 4.3 billion
possible IPv4 addresses, between 30 and 70%, depending on whom you speak
with, are still available, and there are over 1 billion stockpiled by
government agencies and companies that have indicated they would be moving
to IPv6, and therefore don't actually need those addresses, and could
theoretically sell, trade, or donate them.
Juniper Networks Highlights the Need for IPv6 Education
at the Coalition Summit for IPv6
by Juniper Networks
2005 was a banner year for the Coalition Summit for
IPv6. Expert speakers and in-depth technical presentations
clearly underlined the value and benefits of IPv6.
Based on the strong federal executive turnout and
the buzz in the hallways at the conference, IPv6 must
be on the minds of every one in information technology
(IT), especially in federal government IT.
However, the Juniper Networks 2005 Federal IPv6 IQ
Study found that not to be the case. The study of
IT decision makers in both the federal government
and the private sector reveals a significant education
opportunity on the next-generation Internet, IPv6.
While more than 80 percent of respondents require
improved Internet quality of service, security, and
network management - all key benefits of IPv6 -
less than seven percent consider IPv6 "very
important" to achieving their IT goals.
IPv6 Protocol Reference Poster - get yours today!
Ixia created an IPv6 Protocol Reference poster that
provides you with pertinent information such as:
- Packet Format - version, traffic class,
flow label, payload length, hop limit, source/destination
addresses, and extension headers.
- IPv6 Addressing - IPv6 address types, address
format, multicast addressing scheme
- Extension Headers - Hop by Hop, Destination,
Routing, Fragment, Authentication, and Encapsulating
- ICMpv6 - packet format, ICMPv6 types and
- Standards - listing of all IPv6 relative
- Ipv6 Operation - Neighbor Discovery, Router
Discovery, Stateful and Stateless Autoconfiguration,
and Path MTU Discovery.
Protocol Reference Poster
Recent news articles I've seen paint quite a confusing
picture about the adoption of IPv6. On the one hand,
there has been a slew of reports showing that most
of the US, including the large ISPs, remains largely
indifferent to IPV6  . Indeed, were it not that
the US public sector (especially the military) has
mandated the adoption of IPv6, the American IPv6 story
would be very grim indeed. Even those agencies charged
with its implementation do not seem to be terribly
enthusiastic about it . In my opinion, however,
the situation is not as bad as those stories would
For a start, we more or less have to expect the luke-warm
reaction of the US to IPv6. It's entirely understandable,
given not only various historical factors -- large
amounts of readily available IPv4 space and old ARIN
policies requiring paying for IPv6 space being two
significant ones -- but also the twin mantras of making
technical sense and making business sense.
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