Seeing an uptick in demand for IPv6-trained engineers in Europe, IT video training firm CBT Nuggets is offering a new 21-hour class aimed at teaching the basics of the next-gen Internet protocol.
The video, entitled "IPv6: Concepts, Implementation and Verification," is designed to help IT staff quickly learn IPv6 and to be able to integrate IPv6 into their existing IPv4-based network infrastructure. The video has 34 individual lessons, each about 35 minutes in length, that can be practiced with a network simulator.
"IPv6 has been out there for over a decade...but companies are realizing that IPv6 is not just something that might be nice but might be necessary," said Keith Barker, who created the CBT Nugget's new IPv6 video. "Cisco is putting so much emphasis on IPv6 and pushing it on all their platforms, including switches, routers and intrusion protection systems. They're really being serious about it.''
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Another sign that IPv6 is gaining momentum is that European ISPs are adopting it because the European Internet address registry - RIPE -- ran out of IPv4 addresses in September.
"UPC, a huge broadband cable provider in Europe, is rolling out IPv6. Last year, they flew me and other trainers out to Austria and the Netherlands to do classes on how to design and build IPv6 for over 170 technicians," Barker says. "UPC is another indicator that IPv6 is more of a serious, mainstream initiative."
Barker says most network engineers do not have IPv6-related skills including how tunneling, Layer 3 VPNs and pseudowires - or point-to-point emulation - will work with IPv6.
"Getting IPv6 tunneled over the MPLS infrastructure - that is new to them," Barker says. "Applying Layer 3 VPNs to IPv6 requires a different set of rules."
Barker also noted that few network engineers understand how interior gateway protocols such as ISIS (Intermediate System to Intermediate System) or Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) work with IPv6.
"My video focuses on how they can hit the ground running for IPv6," Barker says. "In the series, there's a topology diagram to build, there are commands and there are startup configurations. I encourage them to try every single nugget because that's the best way to learn is to have a friend coach them through the process."
The CBT Nugget IPv6 video can be purchased and downloaded for $499. Alternatively, companies can buy a subscription for up to five users for $1,188. The video is specific to Cisco equipment, but the concepts are valid for users of Juniper or other networking gear. The video is designed for engineers with at least a CompTIA Network+ certification or comparable experience.
IPv6 is the long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol called IPv4, which is running out of address space. IPv4 uses 32-bit addresses and can support 4.3 billion devices connected directly to the Internet. IPv6, on the other hand, uses 128-bit addresses and supports a virtually unlimited number of devices - 2 to the 128th power
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