This year was the third year of the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Summit and each year the event has grown in size and quality. This year over 260 attendees learned about the latest developments in IPv6 adoption from the industry's leading IPv6 experts. The event drew a wide range of audience members and the sponsors provided information on their IPv6-capable products and services. This event turned out to be the largest IPv6 event in North America.
The event drew over 260 attendees. This was a significant number since the IPv6 Summit now charges attendees to be at the event. In previous years admission was free and the audience was quite large as a result. In 2008 there were over 180 attendees (1 day event) and in 2009 there were over 300 attendees (2 day event). This year, with the event moved to a larger and more visually appealing venue the costs increased and necessitated charging a few hundred dollars to attend. The large number of attendees showed that the event is providing good value.
The sponsors included the following organizations: ARIN Cisco Systems Brocade GTRI QinetiQ North America Hurricane Electric NTT America Juniper Networks Command Information ARRIS Arbor Networks University of Colorado at Boulder Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (ITP) A10 Networks Ascolta MCS Forum 2010 Expo Sunset Learning Gogo6 Colorado ISOC
There were many highlights of the conference but a few that stuck in my mind were the keynote presentations given by John Curran of ARIN and Latif Ladid of the IPv6 Forum. They both made compelling cases for the need to migrate to IPv6. Chuck Sellers gave a live demo of IPv6-enabled sensors and Yurie Rich discussed how sensors could be used for smart-grid applications. Shannon McFarland gave advice for enterprises and Yenu Gobina discussed Cisco's own transition to IPv6. Owen DeLong showed how to code applications for dual-protocol communications using C, Perl, and Python. Erica Johnson talked about the IPv6 testing that is performed at the UNH IOL. Stan Barber gave some real-world advice on running an IPv6 web server and talked about the Texas IPv6 Task Force. Mark Beckett talked about IPv6 DNS systems. Nalini Elkins, Junaid Islam, and Yanick Pouffary discussed IPv6 transition and application. Chris Donley talked about IPv6 capabilities in residential CPEs. I gave a talk on IPv6 Security topics for service providers but many of these ideas also apply to enterprises. Ron Hulen also spoke about IPv6 Security. Ron Broersma shared his real-world experience deploying IPv6 and the challenges overcome along the say. Chris Gibbings discussed the IPv6 transition at Google. Danny McPherson and Mike Hollyman gave insight into current IPv6 adoption on the Internet. Last, but not least, John Jason Brzozowski provided information on the IPv6 transition taking place at Comcast.
On the evening of the first day there was a drawing for items donated by the sponsors. Cisco Press donated a bunch of their IPv6-related books. Gogo6 donated a few of their CPE devices. ARIN donated an iPod Touch. Juniper Networks donated an Amazon Kindle. Ascolta donated a free admittance to their Cisco IPv6 Fundamentals, Design and Deployment (IP6FD) class. Sunset Learning donated a $100 BestBuy gift card and NTT America donated a set of very nice Shure headphones.
As I mentioned in my previous blog, there is a general lack of IPv6 training and educational resources. The IPv6 Summit provides all of the conference presentations online to everyone. If you couldn't attend the conference in person you can review what the industry experts covered in their speeches. If you are curious about what was covered in the previous two years here are the links to those presentations. To see last year's 2009 Rocky Mountain IPv6 Summit please click here. To find out more about the inaugural 2008 Rocky Mountain IPv6 Summit please click here.
This IPv6 Summit event shows how much interest there is for IPv6 knowledge. As the IPv4 address pool depletes in the next 18 months I am certain that the interest in IPv6 will continue to grow. Next year the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Summit will be larger and better organized with an even better array of speakers sharing their IPv6 knowledge. I can't wait.