Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving - Slow year for content

It seems content for howfunky.com goes in waves. I have been pretty active over at the Infoblox IPv6 Center of Excellence site with my friends Tom Coffeen and Scott Hogg. I would suggest check out those IPv6 posts, both because they are good content, but also because they are coming out very regularly.
I might shift gears with this site for a little bit and post more things of interest in the technology space. I know the site needs a refreshed look but I have been lacking the motivation to make that all happen. I imagine it will happen sometime in 2018 but I'm not sure when.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am off to AWS re:Invent for a week and then on to London for the UK IPv6 Council annual meeting to do a presentation on IPv6.
- Ed

Friday, May 05, 2017

InteropITX - What's Next for Cloud Computing


Once again I will be at Interop - now called Interop ITX but this time instead of talking about IPv6 (a favorite topic but not my only one!) I will be moderating a panel on Cloud. Pretty excited to be doing this as an Interop ITX advisory member. The goal of the panel is to help the audience navigate what is going on and how it might impact them. From the session description:

"Cloud computing is an undeniable force that has become a given in most modern-day IT departments. Despite already high levels of adoption, the technology has the potential to change how organizations, providers, and users consume and manage technology even further. What is the next phase of cloud, and how will it change to support the important technology advances on the horizon? In turn, what advances will this new model of IT make possible? A panel of experts explores where cloud is going and the effects it will have on enterprise technology. Ed Horley moderates."

The session information:


So come join me and countless other great speakers, sponsors and attendees in Las Vegas!
- Ed

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Amazon Web Services adding more IPv6 support

Right on the heels of Microsoft Azure's announcement of IPv6 support for VM's and AWS's own announcement earlier of IPv6 support for S3 is the current AWS IPv6 news. Specifically, AWS has enabled IPv6 support for CloudFront, AWS WAF, and S3 Transfer Acceleration. You can read more about this at https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2016/10/ipv6-support-for-cloudfront-waf-and-s3-transfer-acceleration/ for details. This isn't the announcement I wanted to see from AWS (full IPv6 support for all services and VPC) but it is a huge step in the right direction. Given the pace of announcements I would not be surprised to hear full IPv6 support by re:Invent at the end of November 2016.
Once that final announcement is done from AWS, the landscape of IPv6 adoption will change dramatically. If you break down the IPv6 adoption areas it is clear to see where the work is needed.

US Mobile Providers - All have native IPv6 or dual-stack support - so everyone with mobile access has IPv6
US Broadband Providers - Majority have dual-stack support - so most home users have IPv6
Public Cloud Providers - All should have dual-stack support by the end of 2016 - so anyone deploying services or apps in the cloud has IPv6
Content Providers - All have native IPv6 or dual-stack support - so majority of content to be consumed is available over IPv6

So what is left?
Enterprise and Commercial Business
Federal, State and Local Government
Higher Education

With Google IPv6 Statistics for the US market now reporting close to 30% of traffic hitting Google as IPv6 it seems it is okay to label those who are remaining as late adopters or laggards. It is time for those in that category to start getting their adoption plans done and start implementing. I'm pretty sure not communicating natively with about 1/3 of the Internet is not an acceptable technology stance but I am open to other opinions. Let me know your thought!
- Ed

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Microsoft Azure finally supports IPv6

I have been waiting a long time for this to happen. Microsoft announced at Ignite 2016 in Atlanta the general availability of IPv6 (technically dual-stack) support for Azure VMs. It isn't available in all regions but the list of supported regions is really large which is a great sign. You can see the announcement at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/ipv6-for-azure-vms/

I need to jump in and do some quick labs and testing next week to play with things but I am hopeful this will allow me to test some more complex IPv6 scenarios and run some labs too. I will update once I have a better idea of how it all looks.

With Amazon AWS adding IPv6 support for S3 and likely adding more IPv6 support for other services in November at re:Invent I think 2016 is shaping up to be the hyper growth year for IPv6... finally.
- Ed

Monday, April 18, 2016

Interop Las Vegas 2016 - May 2-6 - Advanced IPv6 Design and Deployment in a Microsoft Enterprise Network

Interop
As a speaker, I get to pass out some discount codes for Interop. 25% off the site cost for the 5, 3 or 2 day passes so nothing to sneeze at in terms of savings. Many thanks to the Interop folks for doing that. No restriction on the discount code best I know (so pass it out to friends and colleagues) except it has to be used by Friday, April 29th.

This year at Interop I will be presenting on "Advanced IPv6 Design and Deployment in a Microsoft Enterprise Network" and the focus is really about what does and doesn't work. It is a practical, in person, update of Chapter 3 of my book Practical IPv6 for Windows Administrators from Apress. The goal is to pass along some of the lessons learned and updates on some IPv6 behavior, specifically around the Microsoft Windows OS.

Last year I did a full 3 hour IPv6 workshop on IPv6 that covered a wider range of IPv6 concerns. This year, I wanted to focus on IPv6 issues that would impact Enterprise, Commerical, and Small Businesses who run Microsoft Windows in their environment. We can detour a bit talking about Virtualization (VMware and Hyper-V) depending on what the audience wants to cover.

I'm really looking forward to seeing many friends, colleagues and fellow speakers in Las Vegas next month for Interop and I encourage you to join me. I consider Interop to be one of the shining stars of independent conferences that gets great content, excellent independent speakers and really has an impact on the industry and value for the attendees. If you are attending, please let me know via twitter, perhaps we can meet in person at some point during the event.

Finally, if you attend my session you have a chance to win a signed copy of my book. I will give out two copies after my session is over. I encourage you to also attend some of the other IPv6 content that will be presented at Interop. Hope to see you there!
- Ed