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The IPv6 Forum Launches the IPv6 Education Certification Logo Program
[September 06, 2010]

The IPv6 Forum Launches the IPv6 Education Certification Logo Program

TOKYO and BEIJING and PENANG, MALAYISIA and DURHAM, NH and LUXEMBOURG, Sep 06, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The IPv6 Forum Ready Logo Program Committee releases a new program: the IPv6 Education Certification Logo Program. This program defines and certifies courses, engineers and trainers with Silver & Gold Logo levels and requires IPv6 implementation on the web site of the education program.

A recent survey on IPv6 training and studies at universities and vendors has demonstrated that IPv6 training and courses are way too embryonic to have any critical impact. It is estimated that some 20 million engineers are working on the current Internet worldwide at ISPs, corporate and all other public and private organizations and they will need quality training on IPv6. This is a gigantic task since it's the first upgrade of the Internet and most probably the last one for decades to come. The web site of the study can be seen here: The IPv6 Forum Education Logo Program's prime objective is to encourage and accelerate the education on IPv6 and promote thereby swifter adoption of IPv6 in the education curriculum and programs of the universities, research institutes, vendors and training specialists. This program is designed to increase practical engineering expertise and hands-on knowledge to tackle this large undertaking ahead of us extending thereby user confidence by demonstrating that IPv6 will be deployed by qualified engineers.

"This program has been designed to prepare a wide range of players for the implementation and use of IPv6. It is intended as an aid to capacity building and a way to promote IPv6 awareness," states Dr.

Vint Cerf, Honorary Chair, IPv6 Forum.

"The IPv6 Forum wishes to recognize the IPv6 training experts for their pioneering work to be used as a precursor model encouraging the education sector in the universities and vendor training programs to adopt their quality training courses to win time and train qualified engineers to deploy IPv6 with expertise and quality," states Latif Ladid, President, IPv6 Forum, Senior Researcher at University of Luxembourg, Security and Trust (SnT) Center. Emeritus Trustee, Internet Society (ISOC).

"The IPv6 Curriculum study has abundantly demonstrated that hands-on IPv6 skills and field experience are dearly missing. Achieving parity between IPv4 and IPv6 deployment, quality expertise is the one pillar to focus on. This program is very welcome as it takes on this task globally," states Jacques Babot, IPv6 Team leader, European Commission - DG INFSO, Unit F4 New infrastructure paradigms and experimental facilities FIRE (Future Internet Research and Experiments).

"The industry needs highly skilled IPv6 engineers and professionals to ensure IPv6 is deployed universally. It is very important to be able to identify experts in IPv6. This IPv6 Forum Education Logo Program will provide the industry with a trusted, industry neutral program for IPv6 certified professional, trainer and training programs. The IPv6 Forum Education Logo program is simply in the continuity of the IPv6 ready Logo program and IPv6 Enabled program and will serve the community well," states Yanick Pouffary, NAv6TF Technology Director, IPv6 Forum Fellow and IPv6 Forum (Ready & Enabled) Logo Programs Chairperson.

"Highly skilled engineers and operators are the key component to deploy the professional and business IPv6 system. It must be same quality among all the countries on the globe, since the Internet is global. The role of this program shall be strategic and the same as IPv6 Ready logo Program and IPv6 Enabled Program, I recognize," states Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Esaki, Executive Director of Japan IPv6 Council, Chair of IPv6 Ready Logo program, Emeritus Trustee, ISOC.

"As the IPv6 transition continues, keeping the engineering pipeline primed and ready is of critical importance. Ensuring that these systems will work and work well together will require IT specialists and network engineers with in-depth, hands-on experience," states Erica Johnson, IPv6 Ready Logo Regional Officer, IPv6 Forum Fellow, USA.

"We believe IPv6 Training will be quite necessary for the whole Internet industry and its users. There is huge demand in China, where IPv6 Internet is now considered as a national strategy," states Liu Dong, Chair China IPv6 Council.

"To build up the dependable IPv6 environment, we need highly skilled engineers as well as high quality products throughout the world. This program will improve the IPv6 educational programs and the IPv6 engineers in the world. I believe this is one of the essential activities, which supports the stable Internet," states Hiroshi Miyata, IPv6 Ready Logo Regional Officer, IPv6 Forum Fellow, Japan.

"Future Internet will be managed by current students and engineers in industry. It is highly required to provide IPv6 education to make them improve their knowledge and skill in IPv6 technology. In this way, this IPv6 Forum Education Logo Program will contribute in ensuring high quality and interoperable IPv6 products managed by people that naturally work, think and speak IPv6," states Viho Cesar, IPv6 Ready Logo Regional Officer, IPv6 Forum Fellow, France.

"Global certification and recognition is an important requirement in the education field. By ensuring the course (and thus, the student) is IPv6 Forum Certified, we are ensuring the quality of the future IPv6 Engineers. And that such Engineers will now have globally recognized certification," states Professor Dr Sureswaran Ramadass Director of NAV6 Center of Excellence, Univ Sains Malaysia, Chair IPv6 Education Certification Program.

"IPv4 address space is now down to 5% and the world must move to IPv6 now more than ever. One of the most important elements to ensure a successful deployment of IPv6 is Capacity building. IPv6 Forum's Education Program provides a holistic training program in addressing the scarcity of IPv6-skilled engineers worldwide," Selvakumar Manickam of NAV6 Center of Excellence, Univ Sains Malaysia, IPv6 Education Certification Program.

"Since the skills required for a smooth deployment of IPv6 are so critical for success, I plan to evolve my freely-distributed book ('The Second Internet') to track the emerging official IPv6-Forum training curriculum. This should help both trainers and engineers to master the new concepts and become certified in IPv6 operation in a timely and cost-effective manner," states Lawrence Hughes, IPv6 Ready Logo Regional Officer, Philippines.

"This program provides an opportunity for networking professionals to understand the technical intricacies and acquire hands-on experience in order to integrate IPv6 in their networks," Salman Asadullah, CCIE No. 2240, Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, IPv6 Forum Fellow, co-Chair IPv6 Education Certification Program, USA.

"The IPv6 Curriculum study, funded by the European Commission, has identified some critical roadblocks endangering a smooth transition to IPv6. The main ones are: severe lack of a large amount of skilled workforce, lack of well documented courses, lack of IPv6-trained professors and trainers, lack of IPv6-ready engineers coming soon out of universities. Our study will contribute to make some very relevant recommendations in this regard," states Franck le Gall, Coordinator of the IPv6 Curriculum Study at Inno, France. To obtain the IPv6 Education Certification Logo, please visit the following web site: About the IPv6 Forum The IPv6 Forum is a world-wide consortium of leading vendors, Internet service vendors, National research & Education Networks (NRENs) and international ISPs, with a clear mission to promote IPv6 by improving market and user awareness, creating a quality and secure Next Generation Internet and allowing world-wide equitable access to knowledge and technology. The key focus of the IPv6 Forum today is to provide technical guidance for the deployment of interoperability thru its IPv6 Ready & Enabled Logo Programs: & Image Available: Image Available: Image Available: For further information, please contact: Latif Ladid President IPv6 FORUM Tel: + 352 - 30 71 35 Email Contact SOURCE: IPV6 FORUM

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