Wed Jan 24 04:27:25 CET 1996
There is an increasing number of entities requiring very small address space, I.E. - One address for a router - One address for a Web-Server - One address for a firewall - up to 5 additional addresses for "other purposes". In such cases, they will be allocated 8 or 16 addresses, ( netmask 240 or 248 ). Requesting written "Additional information" or justification , from the customer for a first allocation of 16 PA address space, make us (LIR) a bit ridiculous, and is overloading. A telephone conversation like: LIR - Helo Mr Joe, Joe - Helo NetProvider LIR - I understand that you are connecting to our services, and would like to setup addresses for You, what do you plan to connect to the Internet ? Joe - Oh, I'll be running a web site for our skate-boards factory. LIR - And, are you going to connect other computers to the net ? Joe - not now, maybe next year I'll setup a mail gateway to our novell mail system. LIR - Anything else in mind for the next two years ? Joe - no, the administration don't want our internal network connected to the internet for security reasons. LIR - Do you understand that I will allocate you 6 addresses, and that if you change your mind, and need more, you will have to change the addresses of those 6 hosts ? Joe - Yes, but actualy it's only the web ... it's okay ! LIR - Is your company connected or connecting the Internet somewhere else ? Joe - no, we don't have offices anywhere else. LIR - Thanks. --------------------------- Such a convertation is more realistic and saving more address space than sending the requested-info form. -If Joe had filled the form, he would have probably asked for more than 8 addresses. -For Joe to fill the form, LIR should have: - Faxed explanation documents in addition to the person template. - spent a lot of time explaining what are the fields. It seems reasonable to me that if a request meet the following: 1) FIRST - First address allocation for this entity 2) PA - Provider Agregate 3) Less or equal to 8 (or 16 ?) ip addresses limit. 4) Connecting to the internet immediatly. The address space will be allocated without getting & filling a deployment plan and justification. Does it make sense ? can it be accepted formally ? (I understand that it is not the current policy). \Alain.
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