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6QM Report Summary

Project ID: IST-2001-37611
Funded under: FP5-IST
Country: Spain

Deliverable D1.5 - IPv6 QoS measurement guidelines for ISPs

New challenges for network operators are being raised nowadays: new services, best cost-effective deployments, the IPv6 deployment, etc. All of them are on the way to let the network operator gain competitiveness in order to catch market share. Operators and ISPs must react quickly to these new demands of services with different profiles and with differentiated QoS. They must know and follow the behaviour of their networks in terms of traffic engineering, resource management, system management, network management, service management and business management.

This is the global scenario of management, which is the aim, and the general scope of 6QM project. Besides this, the operators and ISPs need to optimise architectures, exploitation, engineering and dimensioning of their IPv6 networks and services with minimum costs. The results of IPv6 QoS measurement can be a good support for this optimisation, but it is only an immediate instantiation and implementation of the global management scenario mentioned before. Taking into account this minimum and early implementation of the management scenario, the operators and ISPs must be capable to control the QoS, to measure it objectively and to share information with the clients according the SLAs contracts.

These measures are useful also to compare ISPs (comparison of SLAs provided by different ISPs). In these conditions, we must put on the hands of the operators and ISPs practical tools and operational rules. The former is already done by the 6QM project, which has been developed an IPv6-capable QoS monitoring system. The later has to be done at least by each ISP although it is highly recommended to setup minimal common practices carried out by all the service providers that help the network monitoring systems to be used on inter-domain environments. As part of the research done in 6QM project dealt with the issues derived from the measurements performed in large-scale networks, which can be directly applied to reach such an objective. In this document some guidelines for network monitoring with 6QM are presented.

The objective is to illustrate briefly somehow what the 6QM system is, what can it does for service providers, what they need to deploy it and what considerations have to be taken into account. Through the diverse sections of this deliverable all these questions are faced to present a complete view of the utility of the 6QM system and to encourage ISPs and service provider in general its usage.

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