Byron Holland is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). View bio
Jacques Latour, Director of Information Technology at CIRA, wrote today’s post about IPv6. Enjoy.
It took us five months to plan our IPv6 deployment. We started with an assessment of our infrastructure and services, conducted lots of training, and we developed a publicly available IPv6 Security Policy template. Some of our equipment was not IPv6 compliant. It was a major learning curve for our Operations & Security teams; we did a lot of testing in our lab before going live.
One challenge to overcome is network address translation (NAT), you NAT IPv4, but not IPv6. The IPv6 addressing plan was also an interesting challenge.
We managed to get IPv6 transits (check our IPv6 routing paths) from our Toronto site as well a native IPv6 peering, not only is our web presence dual stack IPv4/IPv6, but we have our corporate LAN users dual stack as well, so we can enjoy the Internet in both IPv4 and IPv6.
All in all, it was a lot of work, but very important.
I just want to leave one final comment. The Internet is not just IPv4 or just IPv6, the Internet is IPv4 and IPv6.
Enjoy World IPv6 Day!