We intend to use this community thread to provide ongoing updates on Meraki’s IPv6 journey and bring further transparency on the IPv6 status for Cisco Meraki products. Firstly, we want to acknowledge the clear gap in supporting IPv6 across the Meraki portfolio and sincerely understand the frustration that’s been expressed by community members and our customers.
Each Cisco Meraki product has a different set of IPv6 requirements and technical complexities. IPv6 is not a single feature, but rather a suite of features and capabilities that need to be enabled as a journey; which, unfortunately, is not a quick undertaking especially since we need to solve for effective management of IPv6 functionality in addition to enabling IPv6 data plane capabilities.
It is important to note that currently shipping Cisco Meraki hardware platforms are IPv6-capable. Our primary objective is to deliver IPv6 in a phased manner that is as simple and streamlined as possible to adopt, for our existing and future customers. IPv6 is one of our strategic cross-product initiatives and this is backed by engineering resources we have aligned to it.
We do not have publicly-shareable specifics yet, however we are committed to providing ongoing updates on our progress on this thread as well as other communication channels. Expect the next update by the end of September 2019.
As mentioned in our previous update, we are committed to providing ongoing updates regarding the efforts and progress around IPv6 at Cisco Meraki. While we have no additional product roadmap updates to communicate at this time, we would like to share with the community that Meraki continues to accelerate our IPv6 investments and grow our engineering team to include top IPv6 talent. We recently brought on board a group of engineers comprised of leading experts who have IPv6 design and implementation expertise, coupled with practical and operational experience. This core team joined from Cisco’s Paris Innovation and Research Lab alongside Mark Townsley, a Cisco Fellow with many years of experience tackling IPv4 exhaustion challenges, developing IPv6 transition technologies, a leader and major advocate for IPv6 deployments across the industry.
Continuing our mission of simplifying powerful technologies, our aim with IPv6 is to not only provide basic functionality, but to solve key challenges that are preventing wider adoption of IPv6 in the enterprise by making IPv6 truly “Meraki simple”. To this end, we have been engaging with customers and gaining additional insights into wishes, expectations, and aspirations for the Meraki IPv6 implementation.
We will continue to use this community thread as the vehicle of communication of our IPv6 progress. Expect the next update to come in the first half of December 2019.