The Internet Society’s Deploy360 group has launched a project to encourage network operators to engage more with Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) goings-on. The point of the project can be found in this quote from the blog post describing the project:
The objective of this new project is ultimately to facilitate communications between the operator community and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to help ensure that operational realities inform the development of key standards.
That is a key statement, because it indicates the challenge standards bodies face: that of producing standards that are able to be consumed in the real world. It’s one thing to produce a standard, but quite another to produce a standard that can be implemented, is reliably interoperable, that functions at scale, etc. The call for more involvement from those of us that design, implement, operate, and troubleshoot networks every day is an acknowledgement that better standards will result if more of us are engaged with the IETF. So, bravo on the intent of the project.
Of course, the project’s very existence begs the question…why aren’t network operators involved in the IETF already? You can help Deploy360 understand this by filling out their short survey. There’s a few multiple choice questions, plus the opportunity to speak your mind freely in 1,000 word chunks. Go forth and participate.
A “burst” is a quick post to raise awareness of a topic I found interesting.