Posted Jul 21, 2011 21:14 UTC (Thu) by mstefani (subscriber, #31644)
In reply to: IPv6 NAT by akumria
Parent article: IPv6 NAT
How often have you renumbered networks?
It is a *pain*. Even on the network side which is the easiest part it is a lot of work (globally update your route filters, your firewalls, intrusion detection, monitoring). Even if you use dhcp there will be the odd device or "power user" that has a static address. Or worse there will be that "critical" in house application (of which the IT department doesn't know that it even exists) that has IP addresses hard coded all over the place. And that's only the technical part. The worst thing is that you move from a simple, well understood and local change that you can do in your standard maintenance window to a high impact widespread change. Think project management, business cases and justifications, coordination meetings, ROI discussions, etc. etc.
Oh, and your sales rep with the old provider very well knows those costs of changing IP addresses and will factor that in in his updated quote. And you'll grudgingly have to accept that the $500 that he charges you more per month provides you with the "better value".
So no, changing the IPs with the provider is the worst solution for an enterprise. You want to go either PIR or ULA. But of course for a hotel or coffee place that offers Internet access to their guests changing IP addresses with the providers is a viable solution.