Thursday, May 08, 2008

1st German IPv6 Summit at HPI, Potsdam (Day 02)

The first session today is about IPv6 status and deployment from ISP's (Internet Service Providers) and Operator's point of view, starting with Henning Grote from Deutsche Telekom (DT). DT is one of the big players in Germany, if it comes to IPv6. With more than 10 million end customers the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 really becomes some challenge...Thus, DT was going to present an overall strategy for their IPv6 migration....unfortunately, without giving en explicit timeframe.

Next, Yes Poppe from Tata Communications started his talk with telling the story how IPv6 came into life more than 10 years ago. Certainly interesting for someone like me, who was first involved in IPv6 at about 2000/01. Furthermore, he was referring to global IPv6 connectivity, stating that finally now you can show that there will still be Internet alhough if you completely shut off IPv4.

Wolfgang Fritsche from IABG as being the next speaker was referring to IPv6 deployment in mobile application environments with regards to results being achieved by the EU-project ENABLE. IPv6 offers special benefits for mobile networks such as a sufficiently large address space or an efficient autoconfiguration capability.

Lutz Donnerhacke from IKS Jena as being the next speaker was providing insights into IPv6 deployment from the viewpoint of an ordinary regional ISP, which are obviously of different nature compared to one of the big players such as DT or others.

In the second session -- IPv6 Applications & Developments - Carsten Hatzig from BWB/WTD81 was speaking about IPv6 deployment in military environments. 'The long way to IPv6' for the German Forces was depicted, but among the 5 phases (ranging from general preparations up to the shutdown of IPv4) we are almost only at the beginning...