NTT Com to offer SLA for global IPv6 services

NTT Communications (NTT Com) announced today that it will offer a high-standard service-level agreement (SLA) guaranteeing 100% network availability, as well as latency and packet loss levels, to customers using IPv6 services provided on NTT Com’s global Tier IP backbone network beginning July 1.

If the services do not achieve the quality levels guaranteed under the SLA, NTT Com will refund all, or a pro-rated amount, of the customer’s service fee.

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New Internet2 CTO pushes multicast, IPv6

Next week, Randy Frank will take over as the new CTO of Internet2, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based consortium of 200 U.S. universities conducting advanced networking research. Frank joins Internet2 from Fidelity Investments, where he served as chief technologist for the financial services firm’s Center for Applied Technology. Before that corporate post, Frank ran high-performance computing centers and research networks for the University of Michigan and the University of Utah.

Now, Frank is looking forward to getting back into academia, where he can get involved with cutting-edge Internet research in such areas as dynamic provisioning of high-bandwidth circuits, distributed authentication schemes and IPv6, an upgrade to the Internet’s main communications protocol.

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Comcast lengthens IPv6 lead

Comcast continues to outpace rival U.S. cable companies in the development of next-generation Internet connectivity and content.

Last week, the ISP was among the first carriers to demonstrate end-to-end IPv6 transmission for residential broadband customers. IPv6 is a long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet’s main communications protocol that provides more IP addresses, built-in security and easier configuration than the existing IPv4 protocol.

Comcast’s demonstration, which was held at the North American Network Operators’ Group (NANOG) meeting, featured IPv6-enabled Web content from three leading providers: The Planet, a Web hosting company; Netflix, a movie distribution Web site; and Limelight Networks, a video streaming service.

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More on IPv6 management

A month ago, I noted some improvements in IPv6 management networks. I have some more positive news for ET’s management network.

Our group is moving to a new office location this fall. We’ll be out of the Computer Building, across campus from the machine room. So we wanted a small server to keep in the new office, so we ordered a Dell PowerEdge T610, a small tower. It turns out Dell’s iDRAC6 remote management card supports IPv6:

If I’d been more up-to-date on DISA’s IPv6 compliance list, I wouldn’t have been surprised by this.

Sadly, the IPv6 stack is disabled by default. But at least it’s there.

NZ government failing on IPv6 migration

While other governments are leading the charge to upgrade IP networks, New Zealand is stuck in the slow lane.

Frank March, a specialist advisor in the digital development group at Ministry of Economic Development and a member of the IPv6 Steering Group, says when it comes to the adoption of a new Internet Protocol, government is a tough nut to crack.

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ESnet rolls out IPv6 network management system

Although it has been a network protocol standard for more than 10 years, IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) has only been minimally implemented by the networking community. But that could change now that the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) has deployed a production IPv6 management system across its entire network.

ESnet is one of the world’s leading networks supporting the research and education community, serving tens of thousands of scientists at national laboratories and universities across the country and linking them to collaborators in the U.S. and around the world. By transitioning its network management system to IPv6, ESnet will both broaden the acceptance of IPv6 and gain hands-on experience in using the protocol to manage a national network.

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