As many organizations are starting to recognize the importance of the impending migration to IPv6, it is clear that there is a lack of high-quality inexpensive sources of IPv6 training. One event that you may want to consider attending is the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Summit. It is a low-cost training opportunity to learn from IPv6 industry experts and gain knowledge of IPv6 implementation experiences.
The way that most people learn about IPv6 is via online resources and books. There are many good books on IPv6 basics and some books that cover implementation specifics. Equipment manufacturers also offer online information about how to configure basic IPv6 settings. One could put together their own test-bed of network equipment and computers to learn about the integration of IPv6 technologies. However, this is an ad-hoc approach to learning and many folks simply want to attend a formal training class and get concentrated knowledge about the protocol.
There are very few companies who offer IPv6 training. The bulk of the IPv6 training available is companies that offer the week-long Cisco IPv6 Fundamentals, Design and Deployment (IP6FD) class. This class is offered by Cisco Learning Partners like Ascolta and Sunset Learning. Command Information also offers IPv6 training classes.
The one problem with these week-long training classes is that it is difficult to keep them up to date on the latest developments in IPv6 technology. For example, the IP6FD class covers technologies that most organizations will never deploy such as: RIPng, NAT-PT, and several historical addressing and transition techniques. Furthermore, each of these week-long classes costs thousands of dollars.
If you are in Europe then you might be lucky enough to attend IPv6 training from Erion. This organization seems to have a comprehensive set of IPv6 training that appeals to a variety of job roles. Internet2 also conducts workshops on IPv6 technologies to try to educate universities and research organizations. These classes are great because they offer hands-on experience with both Cisco and Juniper routers. You can check their schedule and see if there is a session coming to a town near you.
Another option for IPv6 training is to attend an IPv6 conference. This is a way to learn about the current state of IPv6 and gather information that may not be contained online or in books. The Rocky Mountain IPv6 Summit is the largest annual IPv6 event in North America. The 2-day event is held at the Hyatt Regency Denver Colorado on May 26-27, 2010. This event is designed to educate and update attendees on the current state of IPv6 adoption. Attendees will learn about what other organizations are doing to prepare for the migration to IPv6 and learn from those who are already utilizing the benefits of IPv6. You can collaborate with colleagues who are actively working on IPv6 research and implementation and learn about IPv6 technology from industry experts.
The agenda for this year's IPv6 Summit is full of talks from IPv6 industry experts.
Day 1 - May 26, 2010 9:00 - 9:15 Event Kickoff and Opening Remarks - Scott Hogg 9:15 - 10:00 Keynote - John Curran - ARIN - Demystifying IPv6: How to Ensure a Smooth Transition 10:00 - 10:15 Morning Break 10:15 - 10:45 John Jason Brzozowski - Comcast 10:45 - 11:15 Shannon McFarland - Cisco - Enterprise IPv6 Deployment Overview 11:15 - 11:45 Owen DeLong - Hurricane Electric - Porting v4 only apps to IPv4/v6 dual stack 11:45 - 12:45 Lunch 12:45 - 1:15 Erica Johnson - University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory - What's new in IPv6 testing? 1:15 - 1:45 Stan Barber - IPv6 in the Real World: Running an IPv6-enable Web Site 1:45 - 2:15 Stephan Lagerholm - Secure64 - DNS, IPv6 and some IPv4 depletion statistics 2:15 - 2:30 Afternoon Break 2:30 - 3:00 Junaid Islam - Vidder - Software Based IPv6 Services 3:00 - 3:30 Nalini Elkins - Inside Products - IPv6 Migration Issues 3:30 - 4:00 Chris Donley - Cable Labs - IPv6 Support in Home Gateways 4:00 - 5:30 Beer and Gear - Expo Hall - Drawings
Day 2 - May 27, 2010 9:00 - 9:15 Second Day Opening Remarks - Scott Hogg 9:15 - 10:00 Keynote - Latif Ladid - IPv6 Forum - Cloud Computing, Internet of Things & Smart Grids optimized thru IPv6 10:00 - 10:15 Morning Break 10:15 - 10:45 Yanick Pouffary - Hewlett Packard, IPv6 Forum - IPv6 Enterprise Strategy 10:45 - 11:15 Scott Hogg - GTRI - IPv6 Security for Broadband Access, Wireless and ISPs 11:15 - 11:45 Stephen Orr - Cisco 11:45 - 12:45 Lunch 12:45 - 1:15 Ron Broersma - DREN 1:15 - 1:45 Chris Gibbings - Google - IPv6 at Google 1:45 - 2:15 TJ Evans - Command Information - Current Cyber-Security Issues in IPv6 2:15 - 2:30 Afternoon Break 2:30 - 3:00 Yurie Rich - QinetiQ North America - Scalability - Why the Smart Grid needs IPv6 3:00 - 3:30 Danny McPherson - Arbor Networks - IPv6 on the Internet: Empirical Observations 3:30 - 4:00 Chuck Sellers - NTT America 4:00 - 4:15 Closing Remarks - Scott Hogg
Early bird registration for the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Summit is only $199 through the end of April. Registration is free if you are a student and have a valid student ID. U.S. Federal government employees also receive a discount. Click here to find out more information and for information on registration.
Sponsors of this year's IPv6 Summit include: ARIN, Cisco, GTRI, NTT America, QinetiQ North America, Hurricane Electric, Juniper, Command Information, ARRIS, Arbor Networks, University of Colorado at Boulder's Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (ITP), and Ascolta. Media sponsors include Webtorials, FutureNetExpo, and TechTarget.
If you want to learn more about this event you can take a look at the 2008 and 2009 Rocky Mountain IPv6 Summit agenda and sponsors.
Hopefully I will see you at the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Summit. If you know of any other IPv6 training opportunities, please make a comment to this blog so we can all know about them.