This week, ARIN trekked north to the wilds to Manhattan for Interop New York. Surrounded by networking gurus and cloud specialists, we were pleased, but hardly surprised, to see that IPv6 awareness has never been higher. Most passersby had already requested an IPv6 address block for testing purposes, and many were fully deploying it across their networks. Major roadblocks appear few and far between, and many organizations were simply waiting for their upstream providers to turn on IPv6 for them, or for their IPv4 allocations to run out.
With nothing major getting in the way of IPv6 deployment, many eyes have turned to the dwindling pool of IPv4 remaining in the ARIN region, which, at the time of this posting, lies at a minute 0.66 /8 equivalents: down five percent from the beginning of Interop, and down nearly 50 percent since Interop Las Vegas ended in April of this year. With IPv4 depletion reaching new levels of imminence, isn’t it about time you got your hands on some IPv6? Just visit ARIN’s resource request section and see just how easy it can be to get your initial allocation or assignment. Once you are ready to get your feet wet, check out our IPv6 Wiki for helpful advice, informative presentations, and real-world IPv6 adoption stories.
Several of our visitors had questions specific to the policies in our Number Resource Policy Manual (NRPM) or the fees outlined on our fee schedule page. Keep in mind that ARIN policies and fees are set by the ARIN community (hint: that’s you!) so if you have any improvements in mind for either of them, now is a great time to get involved! ARIN’s next Public Policy and Members Meeting is next Thursday and Friday in Baltimore, MD. If you can’t join us in person, fear not! ARIN 34 proceedings will be webcast with a live transcript and chat functionality for remote participants.
There’s never been a better time to get up to speed on IPv6 and the policies in use by ARIN and its community. Learn about the many ways you can participate in ARIN and the Policy Development Process here. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at email@example.com.