Market Viability as a IPng Criteria (RFC1669)
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
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Network Working Group J. Curran
Request for Comments: 1669 BBN
Category: Informational August 1994
Market Viability as a IPng Criteria
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list.
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
"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 ...