Posts By: Jennifer Bly

Getting Serious About IPv6 – Go Big or Go Home

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I gave an Interop IPv6 presentation titled “Getting Serious About IPv6 – Go Big or Go Home” in Las Vegas on April 3, 2014. Since then, ARIN announced it has moved to Phase 4 (down to its last /8 of IPv4 – that happened on April 23, 2014). I think what surprised people the most (based on the feedback I got from the session) was that my argument about adoption for IPv6 had little to do with ARIN running out of IPv4. After all, this is what everyone talks about, that there are no more IPv4 addresses. My argument is: You have already deployed IPv6… you just didn’t know it. At this point, you may be scratching your head saying Ed is crazy, what is he talking about? Let me point out that all major OS platforms (and different flavors of those platforms) support IPv6 and have for a while now. It turns out that IPv6 is enabled (on by default) and preferred in almost all cases.

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IPv6 Effects on Web Performance

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There are a lot of efforts to improve the speed of the web. The inevitable release of HTTP 2.0 in the near future will address many of the existing web performance bottlenecks. Will IPv6 increase web performance in the future? The answer is Yes! IPv6 has many improvements over its v4 counterpart that will help make the web a faster place. IPv6 does not fragment packets; this means that any packet reassembly does so at the client or at some other endpoint. The router is free to use those extra CPU cycles to move packets faster through the network.

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Discussing Governance of the Internet

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The Internet is a victim of its own success due to its complex, global nature. At first the Internet was just made to work, but now it is growing up. Governments are wondering how to fulfill their traditional responsibilities and how to deal with this technology that has transformed almost every aspect of our world.

At the most recent NANOG meeting, an expert panel touched on the subject of Internet governance from an outline of current events to how to get involved. The focus of panel landed on transitioning the oversight of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions.

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Top 3 reasons PR pros need to know about IPv6

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Not a lot people outside of the technical community are aware that the Internet is undergoing one of its most important evolutions to date. To put it simply, the Internet as we know it will soon be a thing of the past. The pool of available IPv4 addresses has just about run dry and once they are gone, the old Internet will replaced by a new network based on a new protocol: IPv6. This change will have a massive impact on public relations professionals who increasingly rely on data to track campaign performance, conversions and website traffic.

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IPv6 Addressing Tips

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Ross Chandler, Principal Network Architect of IP network evolution at Eircom/Meteor, shares a few tips on working with IPv6 from his own experience. The bottom line? You can do this! The most significant changes with IPv6 are: vastly more addresses and the way the extra bits are used. Here are a few practical tips for when you’re adding IPv6 to your network and connected devices. Don’t stress about the length of IPv6 addresses.

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ARIN 33 Members Meeting Daily Recap

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Today’s Members Meeting brought us lots of reports from the global Internet community. During our first session of the morning, we heard from IANA on a variety of topics including their recent audit, customer service survey, performance standards, delegated new gTLDs, and community representatives for root DNSSEC key signing ceremonies. A round of applause was instigated for the good work they do.

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Daily Recap 2: ARIN 33 Public Policy Meeting

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Another day here at ARIN 33 in the Windy City of Chicago, and it breezed by rather quickly. Instead of a long-winded explanation, this short daily recap should help you get up to speed. A record number of policies were covered during this Public Policy Meeting. In total, a whopping 14 policies were on the docket. Today, the seven draft policies that were added to that count included…

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Find Me at ARIN 33

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In two weeks ARIN 33 will begin. Get to know the three fellows who you’ll find actively involved at this meeting with this Q&A. Kevin Powell, Lecturer/Head of Department, General Studies and Communication at University College of Caribbean, from Jamaica; Brett Henrich, Sr. Technical Specialist at Infracore LLC, from California, USA; Jose Alvarado, IT Operations Manager at Allstream Corp., from Ontario, Canada. Be sure to find Kevin, Brett, and Jose to introduce yourself and give them a big welcome to their first ARIN meeting!

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Building a High-Availability PostgreSQL Cluster at ARIN

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ARIN is a small organization with a big job. ARIN keeps track of IP addresses and Autonomous system numbers for both North America and parts of the Caribbean. This information is kept in a high-availability database that is core to ARIN’s services . This database is known as Jon Postel’s notebook, in tribute to Dr. Jon Postel who was one of the early luminaries of the Internet and who had the first job to keep track of names and numbers.

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