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Market Viability as a IPng Criteria (RFC1669)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002505D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 3 page(s) / 8K

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J. Curran: AUTHOR

Abstract

This document was submitted to the IETF IPng area in response to RFC 1550. Publication of this document does not imply acceptance by the IPng area of any ideas expressed within. Comments should be submitted to the big-internet@munnari.oz.au mailing list.

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Network Working Group J. Curran

Request for Comments: 1669 BBN

Category: Informational August 1994

Market Viability as a IPng Criteria

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo

does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of

this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

This document was submitted to the IETF IPng area in response to RFC

1550. Publication of this document does not imply acceptance by the

IPng area of any ideas expressed within. Comments should be

submitted to the big-internet@munnari.oz.au mailing list.

Introduction

In an open marketplace, adoption of new technology is driven by

consumer demand. New technologies that wish to succeed in the

marketplace must provide new capabilities or reduced costs to gain

consumer confidence. Internetworking technologies can be

particularly difficult to deploy and must provide a correspondingly

high return on investment. In order to determine market viability of

new internetworking technology, it's necessary to compare the

required deployment effort against the potential benefits as seen by

the customer. "Viability in the Marketplace" is an important

requirement for any IPng candidate and this paper is an attempt to

summarize some important factors in determing market viability of

IPng proposals.

"Pushing" Internetworking Technology

It has been asserted by some that the adoption of a single IPng

protocol by the computing industry would generate general acceptance

in the networking industry. There is ample evidence to support this

view; for example, some of the today's more prevalent networking

protocols gained initial market acceptance through bundling with

computer operating systems (e.g. IP via UNIX, DECNET via VMS, etc.)

It should be noted, however, that this approach to technology

deployment is by no means assured, and some of today's most popular

internetworking software (Novell, etc.) have thrived despite

alternatives bundled by computing manufacturers. Given that IPng

will have to compete against an well established and mature

internetworking protocol (IP version 4), promotion of an IPng

solution by computer system manufacturers should be recognized as

highly desirable but not sufficient on its own to ensure IPng

acceptance in the marketplace.

Can IPng compete against IPv4?

Given the large installed base of IPv4 systems, computer system

manufacturers will need to continue to provide IPv4 capabilities for

the foreseeable future. With both IPng and IPv4 support in their new

systems, users will be facing a difficult choice between using IPv4

and IPng for internetworking. Existing IPv4 users will migrate to

IPng for one of three possible reasons:

New functionality not found in IPv4

IPng needs to provide functionality equiv...