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.
Kids, they have been and are deploying at an ever-increasing rate. So much so that my peers and I are having trouble keeping up with the demand for design and deployment guidance.
I understand where this misperception comes from, I do. See, enterprises, unlike service providers, have no real justifiable reason to tell anyone they are deploying IPv6. In the service provider world they need to let the world know their plans and capabilities for two reasons. One, they need to protect their existing customer base from leaving them for another provider due to them not having a good enough support model for IPv6. Two, they need to steal customers away from the other guy who is lacking on their IPv6 support. Enterprises have no such justification, at least they didn’t.
Back in the day I would be in meetings with enterprise customers and their legal and industry/investor relations people would actually say “don’t tell anyone what we are doing with IPv6 as it will make people think we are risky and open to outages or attacks over this unknown protocol”. Now days those same groups of people say “we should somehow advertise that we are supporting IPv6 access to our site so people will know we are prepared for the future”. It is odd how things change.
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So, that is it the “Top 5 Misperceptions” countdown is done. It has been fun reading the comments and I hope to guest blog again on different topics.
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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