Operational challenges of no NAT

Cameron Byrne cb.list6 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 29 22:06:40 CEST 2010

On Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 12:34 PM, David Conrad <drc at virtualized.org> wrote:
> Brian,
> On Oct 29, 2010, at 9:24 AM, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
>>> Most folks simply aren't interested in "paradigm shifts" in utility infrastructure.
>> It's sad, after only twenty years, to see PTT (a.k.a. Ma Bell) attitudes
>> so embedded in the ISP community.
> No.  Not ISPs.  In my experience, ISPs have become quite active in investigating ways of deploying IPv6 in ways that are useful to their customers. This obviously makes sense since it is the ISPs that are going to be the ones first impacted by the lack of IP addresses.

I agree. I see a lot of ISPs, and especially those in mobile and
cable, forging ahead with real near term IPv6 plans and deployments.

> The folks not interested in paradigm shifts, as demonstrated by the lack of significant IPv6 deployment, are pretty much everybody else (modulo the tiny percentage of geeks and early adopters).  These folks do not want to care how things work.  The fact that IPv6 makes them have to care is probably the worst failing of IPv6.

Right, i don't see that end users need to care in many cases.  We can
talk about IT managers who manage technology, but i am more interested
in mobile and broadband networks where IPv6 can be deployed in the
mobile handsets and people's homes without them knowing or caring, the
service just works.  Most people don't know about IPv4, and they don't
need to know about IPv6.

I am seeing the most resistance today, in the end user devices (CPE, UE ...).

Case and point of no follow-up,

Which leaves well meaning people attempting to find, universally
described as non-ideal, technology solutions to deploy IPv6 over
IPv4-only CPE / UE


The network edge has always been hard to plan for, but seriously, this
train wreck has been traveling at 1 km/h for 10 years now.  And, to
the credit of some in the CPE / UE markers, they are covered (Nokia,
Dlink, ...) ...and critically, others ...not so much.  I hope those
early adopters get some spoils from their visionary work.


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