And the #1 IPv6 misperception is…drumroll please…enterprises are not deploying IPv6. Uh, no. Bzzzt.
I have read blogs and articles from the so-called industry expert journalists for years as well as vendors (certain folks within Cisco included) and other people that have stated enterprises have no reason to deploy therefore they aren’t. Gee, then these 6-12 customer design and deployment meetings I have had with enterprise customers for the last 9 years have been nothing but a dream. Read more
We are over the hump kids. The No. 2 entry in this series has more to do with politics within the enterprise than it does with technical stuff.
It makes sense that because of where IPv6 falls into the OSI model that the network team would naturally claim ownership of its deployment. It is also true that without the network team building a scalable, available, secure and fast IPv6 environment that all other areas of IT would be ineffectual at best. Read more
The No. 3 entry in this series covers where you need to deploy IPv6, day one. Where you turn IPv6 on day one is usually driven by two factors: use case and time frame. Since IPv6 is just IP and you probably have IP everywhere today, it makes sense that you now need IPv6 everywhere. The reality is that this is not really true, at least not immediately. Read more
As we continue to work through my list of the Top 5 IPv6 Misconceptions, the No. 4 entry is what I call “taking the easy way out” when it comes to deploying IPv6 at your Internet edge. Read more
Over the last 9+ years of doing enterprise IPv6 deployments with customers I have gathered up a list of common misperceptions that the industry, media, vendors and customers have regarding IPv6 deployment in the enterprise. This series of blog posts will focus on the Top 5 misperceptions. Like any good "Top X" list, we start at the bottom. The No. Read more
Shannon McFarland, CCIE #5245, is a Corporate Consulting Engineer in the Office of the CTO and is focused on Enterprise IPv6 deployment, VDI, and Data Center technologies. Shannon has been responsible for customer Enterprise IPv6 design and deployment at Cisco for the last 9 years. He has authored many technical papers, Cisco Validated Design guides, a contributor to Cisco Press books and is a frequent speaker at Cisco Live and other industry conferences. He co-authored a Cisco Press book titled IPv6 for Enterprise Networks. Prior to his time at Cisco corporate, Shannon was an SE in the Cisco Englewood, CO office. Shannon has been at Cisco for 11+ years and has worked in IT for healthcare and consulting firms.
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