8-9 September 2014
Assembly Buildings
Europe/London timezone

What went wrong with IPv6?

9 Sep 2014, 11:30
Assembly Buildings

Assembly Buildings

2-10 Fisherwick Place Great Victoria Street Belfast Antrim BT1 6DW
Main Session


Mr Wilson Dave (HEAnet)


HEAnet has been trying to encourage IPv6 deployment since... oh, since ever. So have lots of the rest of us. But for something that's taken a decade or two of effort, the numbers still don't look very good. What happened? More importantly, what do we need to change? There's an area of research called Disruption Theory that teaches us how a less well equipped competitor can beat a dominant incumbent - can we use this to change our approach to IPv6?


The first part of this talk discusses progress in deployment of IPv6. I talk a little about HEAnet's efforts, and show the numbers that we have - which are, frankly, not very good. There's some discussion on why this is the case, and I speak about the decision we have had to make on whether to continue supporting IPv6.

The talk then takes a turn and we talk about disruption theory per Clayton Christensen. This is discussed in his book, The Innovator's Dilemma, and talks about the circumstances where a new entrant can take down a seemingly impenetrable incumbent. The book is based on the hard drive industry, but examples can be found all over.

The third part of the talk is about how this seems to parallel the situation we find ourselves in with IPv6. Taking the principles of disruption - like, changing the basis on which competition takes place from the entire internet to something more manageable - I hope to start a discussion about what we need to change in our approach to IPv6 that could provide inspiration for the panel sessions.

Primary author

Mr Wilson Dave (HEAnet)

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