green 12/4/2012 | 8:25:23 PM
re: Cisco Upgrades Software have there been any customer deployments of IPV6 at all? is it the case that cisco is crowing about a feature the market place doesn't need at the moment? if only one is championing any idea the loner is either a genius or a idiot..
netskeptic 12/4/2012 | 8:25:22 PM
re: Cisco Upgrades Software I am not sure that they are talking about IPV6 forwarding - e.g. it seems like this release is about end point functionality support.

Pure speculation:
Generally I suppose it is a smart move, if the can pull it - it adds additional load on competitors in the worst possible time for them.

Cisco has deeper pockets and it may be better positionned for the switch, because it relies on a lot on sw forwarding - again if it is so then
IPv6 move is a smart thing initiate.



skeptic 12/4/2012 | 8:25:21 PM
re: Cisco Upgrades Software
It depends on the customer. There are people in the wireless world who talk about using Ipv6 and I would guess its that audience that cisco is talking to. There are also some people in japan who really like ipv6. Beyond that, I dont know
who is demanding this at the moment.

Cisco sells so many products that there may be certain of them where ipv6 fills a need. But I dont think its in the mainstream or the "core" router stuff.

gladysnight 12/4/2012 | 8:25:20 PM
re: Cisco Upgrades Software Theoretically an IPv6 ASIC will move traffic faster, simply because of the design of the headers. In practice? . . . who knows? It will depend on the quality of specific inplementations I suppose.

Haven't Juniper had some v6 capability for quite a while? (I'm sure I read that somewhere).

I believe that v6 will become important, probably sooner than most people expect but still slower than I'd like. The issues with v4 loss of transparency and lack of address space (whole countries using NAT!!) are restricting growth of the Internet into poorer countries, into mobile networks, into corporate networks . . .

SPecial_Guy 12/4/2012 | 8:24:27 PM
re: Cisco Upgrades Software I think IPv6 is still a predominantly Asian play. At N+I, NEC was showing their L2/L3 switch that supposedly has IPv6 in hardware, I think that is the first offering of its kind. IPv6 appeals to places like Japan because they have so many mobile Internet users. I hear PHS (Personal Handy System ???) is going to move to IPv6.
brichter 12/4/2012 | 8:23:49 PM
re: Cisco Upgrades Software IPv6 will be necessary, whether this year or next,
CSCO's move is simply embracing the inevitable.
As the USMC says " Lead, Follow,Or Get Out of The
Way ".
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