The IPv6 Team

IPv6 is not just a technology exercise. The work scope is broad, touching all aspects of IT in the enterprise. The success of Bechtel's IPv6 deployment can be mainly attributed to the people involved. Here are some of the primary team members in Bechtel's IPv6 deployment:

• Senior IS&T management: Bechtel's corporate IS&T leadership was involved in the discussion and decision about the company's IPv6 deployment from the beginning. They are involved in funding decisions and the priority of IPv6 in relationship to other initiatives.

• Project sponsor: Fred Wettling, one of Bechtel's senior IS&T leaders, proposed and sponsors the IPv6 initiative. His role in the project is overall coordination across the enterprise and allocation/management of the budget required for select IPv6-specific tasks.

• Core team: Fifteen seasoned professionals make up the IPv6 core team. They are from network, security, architecture, QA, and IT management disciplines. Brief coordination meetings are held weekly. These people also communicate IPv6 requirements, status, and actions to other teams in their disciplines.

• Global Systems Engineering (GSE): IPv6 change impact is greatest on the infrastructure. The GSE organization has gradually incorporated IPv6 in the products and services it supports as the product versions change, new products are introduced, or a modification is required to support IPv6 project objectives.

• Global Infrastructure Operations (GIO): The infrastructure that is installed in Bechtel's leveraged data centers around the globe is operated and supported by GIO. GIO works closely with GSE to ensure that technologies moved into production data centers are stable, manageable, and secure.

• Information Security: InfoSec participates in all security-related process, product, and service assessments and management. IPv6 compatibility and security mechanisms are integral in its daily work.

For example, IPv6 capabilities were a mandatory requirement in the selection and deployment of new IDS/IPS products recently placed into production.

• Software Quality Assurance (SQA): Applications go through Bechtel's SQA process and environment before being released for production usage. The SQA lab includes nearly 200 hosts and an IPv6-enabled subnet on Bechtel's production network. All applications going through SQA are verified to operate without error in a dual-stack environment. SQA is also responsible for management and enforcement of the company's software Development Methodology Framework that provides a structure for software development, testing, and validation. SQA instructions to developers in early 2006 provided details on the development and testing of applications to ensure they are IP version agnostic.

• Software Engineering and Construction (SEC): This organization is responsible for application development, including integration of Bechtel code with commercial products. Dual-stack compatibility is a required part of SEC process, verified by SQA. New platforms, such as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, are installed in development with IPv6 enabled. Bechtel created "Developer Guidelines for IPv6 Enabled Applications" and "IPv6 Application Checklist and Certification Steps" by and for developers to ensure IPv6-related consistency in applications. One of the byproducts is Bechtel's "IPv6 Ready" logo, as seen on the About page of Bechtel's internal website, BecWeb (see Figure 5-12).

• Global Support Organization (GSO): GSO has several functions, including the Help Desk. GSO became involved as production IPv6 deployment started. Basic IPv6 troubleshooting knowledge has been required to isolate and diagnose user support questions. For example, ping <hostname> will return an IPv6 address by default in an end-to-end IPv6-enabled environment.

Figure 5-12 BecWeb Page with "IPv6 Ready" Logo

Other organizations are involved in different ways with the IPv6 deployment based on their role in the organization and their customer base.

NOTE Not one of the Bechtel participants is dedicated to the IPv6 project. IPv6 is just another part of their "day job," just like any other technology that is relevant to their work.

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