INEX urges Irish business to get IPv6 Ready
Simple Online Check for IPv6 Compatibility Launched www.ipv6ready.ie
INEX, Ireland’s Internet Peering Point has launched IPv6 Ready to promote the adoption of IPv6 in the Internet and broader business community in Ireland, under the theme ‘The Internet is better on the other side. Get IPv6 Ready now’. The new website, www.ipv6ready.ie has been developed to provide business and website owners and developers with a simple method of identifying whether their website is ready for the new era of the Internet. With one month to go before World IPv6 day*, momentum is growing to encourage all those involved in the Internet to accelerate their IPv6 adoption plans.
Increasingly many aspects of business and daily life rely on the Internet and the address space on which it runs. Very soon, the old system of address space (IPv4) will no longer be available but a better replacement exists, which is IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6). IPv6 has been in active use for over 10 years and has being successfully used by some of the leading organisations in the Internet business community. For website developers and hosting companies, now is the time to ensure that their customers’ websites are IPv6 enabled.
Many website owners are unaware that the current version of Internet address space is close to exhaustion and the necessity to plan a move to IPv6 is inevitable and a key element in the continued growth of the Internet. Without this move to IPv6, new websites, services or Internet linked products will simply not be possible once IPv4 addresses are exhausted. An opportunity exists for Ireland to lead the way in the take-up of IPv6. Achieving success in this will assist in re-enforcing Ireland’s growing reputation as the Internet capital of Europe.
To find out if their website is IPv6 Ready, users simply insert their website URL into the test box on the www.ipv6ready.ie website. This website, which delivers the result within seconds, responds with details of whether the website is IPv6 Ready or not. Those testing their websites can then register to receive an IPv6 Ready badge which they can display on their websites. Three levels of badges are available, IPv6 Ready Platinum, IPv6 Gold which are awarded to Websites that meet the requirements on the day of the test and for those that are in the process of updating their websites, an IPv6 Pending badge is available.
The IPv6 Website and test facility was developed in partnership with Open Solutions and Tibus.
INEX is a neutral, industry-owned Association, founded in 1996, that provides IP peering facilities for its members. INEX membership is open to all organisations that can benefit from peering their IP traffic and there are currently 65 members.
INEX’s objective is to provide high-speed, reliable and resilient IP traffic exchange facilities for both Irish and International organisations, allowing them to route IP traffic efficiently thereby providing faster, more reliable and lower-latency internet access for their customers. The INEX switching centres are located in four secure data centres in Dublin; Data Electronics Group in Kilcarbery Park, Dublin 22, TeleCity Dublin in Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24 and Interxion DUB1 and Interxion DUB2 in Park West. The switches are connected by dedicated resilient fibre links.
INEX is a member of Euro-IX.
*World IPv6 Day
On 8 June, 2011, Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight Networks will be amongst some of the major organisations that will offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour “test flight”. The goal of the Test Flight Day is to motivate organizations 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. http://isoc.org/wp/worldipv6day/
What’s the problem?
Behind each device, website and email address connected to the Internet is a unique number called an IP address. The old address system that is being used, IPv4, has about 4 billion addresses. In a World of many billions of people where everything from computers to cars to games consoles are connected to the Internet, we are very close to exhausting the supply. Soon there will be no more.
IPv6 was developed over 10 years ago and is used by some of the world’s biggest and most advanced companies in the Internet community. Unlike IPv4 which uses a 32 bit number resulting in approximately 4.2 billion addresses, IPv6 uses a 128 bit numbers. This means there are over 340 undecillion IPv6 numbers available. What’s a undecillion you ask? Well 340 undecillions means there are enough IPv6 addresses for every atom on earth with a good supply left over, just in case.
What does IPv6 Ready mean?
If www.ipv6ready.ie determines a site to be IPv6 Ready it means that it can be accessed using the new system of IP addressing, IPv6. More specifically, it means that when the IP address for the site using the DNS system is requested, it has an IPv6 record.
What is the difference between the Gold and Platinum standards?
The gold standard means that the site has an IPv6 address. However, in order for a web browser to find that address, it needs to ask a domain name look up service for the IP address (this is called DNS – the directory which turns domain names like www.inex.ie into IP addresses).
For the site to achieve IPv6 Ready platinum standard, the DNS service which is responsible for handing out the IP address of the website must also be IPv6 ready. If it is, then this means that the site can be exclusively found and accessed using IPv6. If the website only achieves the gold standard, then IPv4 will be required for the domain name lookup.
How do I get my website IPv6 ready?
The website owner should talk to the people that run or host the website and make them aware that the last IPv4 allocations were made in February 2011 and that accessibility over IPv6 is now required.