Are You Ready For World IPv6 Day?
Posted 08 June 2011 by Stuart Young, Views (1401)

Image of World IPv6 Day logoHundreds of websites and Internet service providers around the world are joining Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Akamai , Limelight Networks as participants in World IPv6 Day for the first global-scale trial of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6, being organised by the Internet Society.

During World IPv6 Day on 8 June 2011, more than 225 participating organisations from every part of the globe will enable IPv6 on their main services for 24 hours. With IPv4 addresses running out this year, the industry must act quickly to accelerate full IPv6 adoption or risk increased costs and limited functionality online for Internet users everywhere. World IPv6 Day participants are coming together to help motivate organisations across the industry - Internet service providers, hardware manufacturers, operating system vendors and other web companies - to prepare their services for the transition.

What is IPv6?

IPv4 has approximately four billion IP addresses (the sequence of numbers assigned to each Internet-connected device). The explosion in the number of people, devices and web services on the Internet means that IPv4 is running out of space. IPv6, the next-generation Internet protocol, which provides over four billion times more space, will connect the billions of people not connected today and will help ensure the Internet can continue its current growth rate.

"The building interest in and amazing response to World IPv6 Day around the world is extremely encouraging, and highlights the growing momentum behind deploying IPv6," said Leslie Daigle, Chief Internet Technology Officer for the Internet Society. "We see this test flight as an important step towards ensuring the global Internet can continue to grow and evolve so that it can connect billions of new users and devices."

Facebook has long been preparing for World IPv6 Day and will be monitoring all aspects of its infrastructure. "We need to find solutions as an industry to accelerate global adoption of IPv6," explains Jay Parikh, director of engineering at Facebook. "Participating in World IPv6 Day enables us to gain valuable insights about potential IPv6 issues and how we as an industry can address them. We're working together with our peers to keep the Internet open and make sure all computers and devices stay connected."

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Erik Kline, IPv6 Software Engineer at Google said, "We've been working to make Google services publicly accessible over IPv6 since 2008, because we believe it's critical to the long-term prosperity of the open Internet. We are happy to be joining hundreds of participants around the world for this important transition, and to share in the enthusiasm to help IPv6 succeed."

One of the goals of World IPv6 Day is to expose potential issues under controlled conditions and address them as soon as possible. Given the diversity of technology that powers the Internet, the global nature of the trial is crucial to identify unforeseen problems. The vast majority of users should be able to access services as usual, but in rare cases, misconfigured or misbehaving network equipment, particularly in home networks, may impair access to participating websites during the trial. Current estimates are that 99.95% of users will experience no problems connecting to web services on IPv6 Day, and participating organisations will be working together with operating system manufacturers, home router vendors and ISPs to minimise the number of users affected.

Image of the Internet Society logoThe Internet Society is supporting World IPv6 Day as part of its efforts to accelerate IPv6 deployment. IPv6, the successor to the protocol currently used on the Internet, was designed in the late 1990s but has not seen deployment on a global scale. With IPv4 address space running out, the industry cannot afford to wait much longer.

Interested in joining the other organisations that are taking part in this initiative? Select your type of organisation below and you'll find everything you need to participate in World IPv6 Day:

Website Owners
Network Operators

Please contact the Internet Society to indicate your interest in participating in World IPv6 Day and to have your company added to the list of participating organisations.

To find out if your are IPv6 ready? You can test your IPv6 Connectivity here.

To coincide with the global-scale trial World IPv6 Day - Billion, who are one of the leading providers of network equipment and power supply products, are launching products which will be IPv6 enabled so that users can futureproof their networks ready for the IPv6 transition.

Please click on the link below to find out more about the latest Billion product which is IPv6 enabled.

Billion BiPAC 7800N Wireless-N ADSL2+/Broadband Dual Wan Firewall Router with Gigabit Ethernet Switch (300Mbps)

News Source: the Internet Society

About the Internet Society
The Internet Society (ISOC) is a nonprofit organisation founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education and policy. We are dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world. For more information please visit the the Internet Society website.

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