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DevOps Day Silicon Valley Recap: Sparkle Ponies, IoT, and IPv6

by | June 28, 2016


Last Friday and Saturday, we attended DevOps Day Silicon Valley, an annual conference for anyone involved or interested in the DevOps space with a mix of keynote sessions and open spaces. 6connect’s COO and co-founder, Pete Sclafani, spoke on an Ignite session on Friday about IPv6.

His presentation was titled, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love IPv6”. He broke it down into four phases:

    1. Reality Check: Understanding that users are already using IPv6 around the world – service providers have been deploying IPv6 for years. At 6connect we focused on survey data from customers and prospects to help corroborate what we were hearing in the industry.
    2. Realization: Research and Define your IPv6 use cases in your organization. In 6connect’s case, we identified some key areas that IPv6 could provide some intelligence on. We started with an easy one – revamping contact forms on our website to lookup WHOIS, geolocation, and IPv6 support for submissions. It was also during this Phase that we were automating other provisioning systems – IPv6 was a great motivator to focus on API driven processes.
    3. Planning for IPv6: IPv6 can be a big shift internally (it’s not just a network change), so pick your battles. For example, identify the high priority areas that IPv6 will affect (automation, systems, ACLs, etc.). It’s also important to understand your current environments and to prioritize some IPv6 projects.
    4. Ongoing IPv6 Maintenance: Focus on communication and feedback as part of any IPv6 implementation. Having a clear understanding of the effects of IPv6 before and after deployment are crucial to a stable long-term deployment.

Another highlight from day one was a presentation by two Canadian university students on how to onboard entry level talent into a DevOps culture. The students had each had several internships in the DevOps space and surveyed their peers to deliver key takeaways for hiring managers. At the end of their presentation, they mentioned that they were each looking for a job. We wish the best of luck to them!

Later in the day was Gail Ferreira’s presentation, “At the Intersection of Happy and Healthy: DevOps Meets IoT”. She included some compelling statistics about the Internet of Things:

  • 212 Billion – Total Number of Available Server Objects by 2020
  • 30 Billion – Sensor Enabled Objected Connected to Networks by 2020
  • 73 Trillion – Dollars by 2017

She also talked about how IoT can enhance a DevOps culture.

An additional highlight on Saturday was Ramin Khatibi’s presentation, “How I Learned to Change My Mind and Became a Better Engineer”. His perspective on challenging norms and increasing self awareness to improve engineering skills was compelling and worth catching on video if you weren’t able to see it person. (link)

DevOps Day was another fantastic event. Thank you to the organizers!

“We decided to move our rather complex IP address and DHCP management process to ProVision and it has worked out great for us!! The team at 6connect were very flexible and went above and beyond to accommodate our requirements and helped to make the migration as smooth and hitch free as possible. Kudos to the team @ 6connect!”

Premkumar Subramaniam
Head of R&D

“We are excited to be partnering with 6connect to leverage their technology and talent. We particularly admire their long-standing IPv6 contributions and their ability to service and support customers in this area, some who are the largest service provider in the world. The 6connect executive leadership team and technical team are great to work with and we look forward to many partnered projects to help customers address their Cloud, IoT and Security needs with IPv6. Automation, workflow and orchestration are critical to the success of most of these projects and 6connect is well positioned to help our mutual customers in those areas.”

Ed Horley
Co-Founder & CEO

“Enterprises can struggle managing purposefully segmented DDI architectures with any agility. Our partnership with 6connect empowers customers with complex infrastructures to move faster to service the business while consolidating visibility and control over their estate.”

Andrew Wertkin
Chief Strategy Officer,

“6connect’s approach to automation addresses quite a few challenges with physical and virtual networks – how to improve the agility of your current network infrastructure without sacrificing reliability and adoption of future network technologies.”

Pär Lange
Investment Director

“A customer is looking for an integrated solution from a single vendor for both IPAM and DNS. Through the 6connect reseller program, Secure64 is able to offer the most secure DNS solutions married to a unique combination of IPAM and resource provisioning that customers want. It’s a marriage made in heaven.”

Mark Beckett
VP of Marketing

“A huge benefit of working with the 6connect team is that they devoted a lot of resources to get our products integrated so we had the turnkey solution that we could take to market. It was very easy to work with their team to get product integrated and successfully launched.”

Mark Beckett
VP of Marketing

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