Sahara Net’s Road to IPv6 Readiness
Agenda • Sahara Net IPv6 Readiness • The Spark! • The Progress. • The Challenges. • Current Status. • What can “WE” do? • Where is IPv6? • Q & A
IPv6 Spark! • In October 2008, I attended MENOG meeting in which RIPE talked about IPv6 and why it is important. • In February 2009, established “IPv6 Task Force” in Sahara Net. • Task Force Goal:To make Sahara Net ready for IPv6 within one year and to educate customers on the need to go with IPv6. • Formed from all concerned departments including: • Customer Care • Operations • NOC • Corporate Support • And others. • Task Force took a structured approach to making Sahara Net “IPv6 Ready” and held bi-weekly status meetings.
IPv6 Progress • Got our IPv6 address space allocated in 4/2009- 2a02:d70::/32 • Did a complete inventory of all devices and software on the network. • By end of September 2009: • Sahara Net was ready on its main backbone. • Gateway Providers not ready! • Established International tunnel with HE. • By October 1st, our offices were running IPv6 (dual stack) with no interruption to business. • By November 22, 2009, Sahara Net launched its IPv6 services as the 1st ISP in Saudi Arabia to offer IPv6. • Since then we have been ready to connect any organization through IPv6.
IPv6 Challenges • Challenge 1: Awareness and Technical Knowledge! • Solved by experimenting and extensive courses/workshops. • Challenge 2: Hardware and Software Compatibility • Most equipment were upgradeable with software (IOS). • Software needed tweaks/update to accommodate IPv6. • Still some issues exist but are not “show stoppers”. • Layer 4 to 7 Switching. • Caching Farm (soon). • Challenge 3: Lets use it now! • Enabled on Lab for testing. • Enabled on one office network. • Enabled on all offices (7 locations with over 130 PCs). • Some security challenges still being worked out.
IPv6 Challenges • Challenge 4: Lets work out the bugs! • No major issues after enabling. • Servers were difficult to statically address, enabled EUI-64. • Challenge 5: Lets get Customers on board (current stage) • Launched http://ipv6.sahara.com/ as a great local resource for IPv6 information and knowledge (9/2009). • Did a FREE Seminar on IPv6 and other topics on March - April 2010 in Riyadh, Jeddah and Khobar (attendees over 200 in each city). • Enabled in MENOG6 in Riyadh (April 2010). • Working with selected customers to test IPv6 (currently). • Challenge 6: Lets get EVERYONE on board • Activate IPv6 to Broadband (Consumer) and Businesses.
IPv6 Current Status • IPv6 Ready and Enabled on Core and Edge. • Pushing vendors to enable the “unenabled/unsupported”. • Changed purchasing requirements to include “IPv6 Readiness”. • Sahara Net is a Certified IPv6 ISP by “IPv6 Forum” http://www.ipv6forum.org • Our IPv6 customers can now put HTML code on their website so that IPv6 customer logo will appear in their website. • We are proud to be the 1st IPv6 certified ISP by “IPv6 Forum” in Saudi Arabia.
Where is IPv6? • IPv4 Exhausted! • In 2008, it was predicted last IPv4 will be allocated in 2013. • In 2009, it was pushed earlier to 2012. • In 4/2010, it was predicted to finish on Sept 16, 2011. • In 9/2010, it was predicted to finish on May end 2011. • 90% of all ASes still use IPv4 only! • Content is coming on board! • Google, early adopter. • CNN, NetFlix and Facebook.
Summary • Sahara Net is Ready with IPv6 since November 2009. • Changed purchasing requirements to include IPv6 compatibility. • Pushing Vendors to fix the “unready” ! • Working now to connect “selected” customers. • Remaining issues: • Caching, planned for 2nd Quarter 2011. • Layer 4 to 7 Switching, awaiting vendor. • Globally, IPv6 Adoption is still struggling and didn’t become mainstream! • In Saudi Arabia IPv6 is not great yet but there is good progress. • “WE” need to push adoption internally within our own organizations.
Thank you! Q & A Don’t forget to visit: http://ipv6.sahara.com/