IPv6 video testimonial: the German Government

Constanze Bürger, of the Department of Federal IT Infrastructure and IT Security Management, Ministry of the Interior, German Government, discusses the plan to deploy IPv6 throughout the German federal government network.

Watch more video discussions about IPv6 deployment.

Comcast embraces IPv6

Comcast is making a move to IPv6, making IPv6 transit services available to its wholesale customers.

This a significant development because in less than two years, the IPv4 (define) address space will be exhausted, but it doesn’t mean there won’t be any more Internet addresses. IPv4 has a 32-bit address size, allowing for only 4.3 billion addresses. In contrast, IPv6 is a 128-bit address space allowing for a staggering 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 possible addresses.

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Patrik Fältström: The Role of Government in IPv6 Deployment

Via youtube:

Patrik Fältström, Senior Consulting Engineer with Cisco, has served as an advisor to the Swedish government on IT policy since 2003. Here he discusses the role that governments can play in the global deployment of IPv6. For more information on Patrik, see http://www.frobbit.se/paf/. For more on IPv6 deployment, see www.ipv6actnow.org


sidnAnother Question and Answer. This time with the Foundation who regulates and manages the registry of the .nl CCTLD SIDN.

Were talking with Marco Davids, Senior IT Specialist – SIDN ICT Operations & Support.

Please tell us a little about SIDN

SIDN is responsible for the functional stability and development of the
.nl Internet domain. As well as registering and allocating .nl domain
names. The organisation enables Internet users all over the world to
make use of these labels at any given moment.

SIDN’s rapidly growing domain name register now contains more than 3.4
million .nl domain names. In consequence, SIDN is a key player in the
global Internet community. The organisation’s services are provided to
the public through a network of two thousand independent commercial
Internet service providers, the so called registrars.

Competition and consumer focus are key wishes for Digital Britain

Axel Pawlik, managing director, RIPE NCC, the European internet address registrar:

“The more widespread the internet becomes, the more computers will be connected to the UK-wide network. For the ‘broadband for all by 2012′ vision of the UK government to become a reality, we need a dramatic increase in the number of IP addresses, the numeric IDs assigned to all devices connected to the internet.

“The IP addresses currently most widely in use, IP version 4, are set to run out by 2011. So, to connect all computers to high-speed internet, the new generation of IP addresses, known as IPv6 must be rolled out.

“The RIPE NCC urges the UK government to take an active approach to driving adoption of IPv6 among telcos, ISPs and businesses of all sizes. It can lead by making its own services available over IPv6, and using the power its wields as a procurer of technology to encourage UK-wide deployment.”

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Netflix streaming over IPv6

Two weeks ago, I noted that Netflix was accessible over IPv6. At the time, it was only their website, not their streaming service. Today, at NANOG 46, Netflix announced that their streaming service now supports IPv6.

Here’s a screenshot of my Vista box running IPv6-only and streaming Serenity. Notice that there’s no IPv4 address on the box.

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There were several interesting bits in Netflix’s slidedeck. Their Content Delivery Network, Limelight, announced IPv6 support today. This is huge, as they’re the first CDN to announce production IPv6 support. Lack of IPv6 support in CDNs has been cited again and again as a primary factor in not deploying IPv6 on large content sites.

To my mind, there were two big points in Netflix’s presentation:

  1. IPv6 is easy. On Netflix’s end, the entire deployment, from idea to production service, took two months. Limelight only tasked two engineers to work on IPv6 support.
  2. “Load Balancers are easy.” Alleged lack of IPv6 support in loadbalancers is a common canard that’s totted out again and again when folks talk about production IPv6 deployments. I was so glad to see a large Internet content provider dispel this myth. Netflix even posted sample config for IPv6 on a Citrix Netscalar in their slidedeck.

Hats off to Netflix and Limelight for this.