Today, Wednesday 8th of June, 2011, Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight Networks will be amongst some of the major organisations that will offer their websites and content over IPv6 for a 24-hour “test flight”. The goal of the Test Flight Day is to motivate organisations across the industry – Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies – to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out.

How are Solutios participating?
There are many organisations that are helping and participating in World IPv6 Day, and obviously we wish to be amongst them. Over the past 18 months, we have worked very hard to ensure that all of our core network is IPv6 compatible and if a piece of equipment didn’t support IPv6, then it was replaced. As our network has N+1 resilience, we were able to carry out all of this work with zero down time for our customers. Something which we are very proud of.

Our main website is available via IPv6 now. If you are using IPv6 then you will be reading this via IPv6 automatically, but if you want to force it, then browse to http://[2a00:8e00:0:3::4]/. Note that this will only work on IPv6 systems.

As we are a RIPE LIR (Local Internet Registrar) we have been allocated /32 of IPv6 addresses. This means that we have 18,446,744,073,709,552,000 addresses which we can allocate to our customers. In short, we should be fine for some time!

Our ADSL, co-location and transit customers now have IPv6 and IPv4 capabilities and new customers will of course be provided with both IPv6 and IPv4 addresses, allowing them to access both the “old” and “new” internet. This is thanks to our exclusive use of Cisco routers for both our core network and end-user equipment.

Why now?
As some ISPs have commented – pretty much all of the internet is available via IPv4, one way or another, even if there are IPv6 addresses as well. This is the case now, and may be for months to come, but in the near future, more and more websites and services will only be available via IPv6. People who use an ISP which does not support IPv6 will not be able to access these new sites.


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