Erion’s David Holder is honoured to have been invited to give the keynote address at next week’s Fedv6 conference in Washington DC.

Fedv6 is the organisation working within the US government to promote and deploy IPv6. The Federal government has a long history of working towards the adoption of IPv6. Towards this end they set two goals; firstly, to IPv6 enable public services by 2012 and secondly to deploy IPv6 internally by 2014.

Many good things have come out of the USG’s IPv6 efforts. These include useful documentation, guidance and tools. Back in 2008, NIST created the USGv6 Profile. This is a profile for IPv6 within the US government. In 2009, the Federal Acquisitions Regulation (FAR) made IPv6 a requirement in all purchases except where there is an explicit waiver. This step helped avoid funds being wasted on products that could not support IPv6.

In addition to all of this, NIST created a web-site that monitored the deployment of IPv6 on public services such as web-sites, mail servers and DNS.

Further information about the Fedv6 taskforce and the progress of IPv6 within the US government can be found in Kevin L. Jones’ recent presentation at the North American IPv6 Task Force (NAv6TF).

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