Archive for June, 2011

World IPv6 Day

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

In celebration of World IPv6 Day I’m pleased to announce that you can access all of the web services on my server through IPv6. Some of the sites on here include:

IPv6 is a new protocol to replace the current IPv4 system. These protocols assign numbers to computers on a network and specify how they can send messages (route) to each other. It is part of the backbone of the Internet, but we’ve actually already run out of IPv4 addresses! We’ve been trying to switch to IPv6 for a while, because it provides trillions of unique addresses that we’ll never exhaust. Unfortunately uptake has been very slow. Only 0.3% of requests to Google are over IPv6 at the time of writing this.

World IPv6 Day is meant to help raise awareness and encourage software and hardware vendors and ops teams to make their products and services IPv6 capable. Some big companies such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo! are all taking part.

My own IPv6 access was made possible by my awesome host Linode, who I highly recommend if you need a Linux VPS. I was also able to verify my configuration by using SixXS’s IPv6 gateway service, since my local ISP and my modem/router both don’t support IPv6 :(