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Understanding IPv6: Who should be included in your training programs?

Understanding IPv6 is important, and there are several groups in your company that you should focus on during training, says IPv6 expert Chip Popoviciu.

When it comes to understanding IPv6, it's clear that training is important -- but who exactly should be included in a company's IPv6 training?

As far as IPv6 training is concerned, there are several major groups in your organization that you should focus on. In the context of infrastructure, you should start with architects in order to get them up to speed in terms of how they can leverage the protocol beyond its most obvious uses. Throughout this transition process to IPv6, you must harvest institutional knowledge and experience within your organization.

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After properly training the architects, you should move into design training. It's important to get your design team up to speed in order to create standards and evaluate solutions, as well.

Next, you have to deal with the implementation team, followed by the operations team. Throughout this process, it's likely you'll find that some domains are within your organization while others are outside your organization, depending on how you run your IP environment.

More specifically, what training teams really want to convey to the architects is a deep understanding of the protocol. IPv6 is not your father's IP. It looks very similar, but there are very important differences that are fundamental in terms of how the protocol works.

It's important to make sure the architects who are building the target architectures for their organizations understand that you can't just duplicate tactics used with deploying IPv4. This knowledge then must be transferred to the designers, because claims that a solution is IPv6-ready are only reliable if the training team was very specific in regards to expectations, product requirements and how the solutions will be evaluated.

The actual application team is also important in this process. I once worked with an application team that was very excited about getting their applications ready for IPv6. I then discovered that there was no understanding of the concept of IPv6 whatsoever. This means that if you decide to create a lab where application people can start to "play" with IPv6, first you need to get them up to speed on general IPv6 concepts -- otherwise, time will be wasted.

For more information: Read our expert response on maximizing ROI during IPv6 training.

Editor's note: With permission of the presenter, this expert answer was excerpted from a recorded presentation Popoviciu gave in 2011 at gogoNET LIVE!, an IPv6-centric conference sponsored by gogo6. View the full presentation here.

This was last published in June 2013

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