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IPv6 – The Independent “Man In The Middle” View
12 Mar 2012

In conversation with Axel Pawlik, MD of RIPE NCC (which is obviously better than an unripe version).

The RIPE NCC is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation that supports the infrastructure of the Internet in Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia. The most prominent activity of the RIPE NCC is to act as a Regional Internet Registry (RIR) providing global Internet resources (IPv4, IPv6) and related services to a current membership base of around 6,800 members in over 75 countries. So these guys are involved at the heart of the IPv6 movement. Here’s Axel’s views on a few key areas:

What is at the heart of the IPv4/IPv6 issue?

“Although the IANA’s pool of available IPv4 addresses is exhausted, the RIPE NCC can still assign IPv4 addresses to its members from its own reserves of IPv4 address space. We cannot predict how long this supply will last.”

“IPv4 addresses and IPv6 addresses can’t communicate directly with each other. So, before IPv6 addresses can be used to access the Internet, your organisation’s networks, services and products need to be IPv6 compatible or enabled. This requires planning and investment in time, equipment and training. New hardware and software is required to make networks ready for an IPv6-based Internet.”

 

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