Study Looks at the Amount of Spam Over IPv6

A study conducted by RIPE Labs indicates that about 1.89% of spam are received over IPv6. “With the increased deployment of IPv6, we were curious to see how much the amount of spam sent over IPv6 increases.

We looked at the e-mail system of the RIPE NCC and produced some statistics that could be seen as an indication for the overall trend of spam sent over IPv6,” says RIPE in a blog post explaining the analysis. Group also notes that the study was based on one week’s worth of data and that it excluded messages already rejected by blacklisting and greylisting.

ISP XS4ALL starts first public IPv6 pilot

Dutch ISP XS4ALL will start an IPv6 pilot for a thousand users. The pilot opens on 2th of April at 10am.

The page to request the pilot can be found on: (Dutch)

But remember, you cant request a trial until 2th of April.

There are some requirements to be able to join in the pilot:

  • You will have to supply your own modem/router.
  • The pilot can be canceled at any moment without notice.
  • XS4ALL doesnt guarantee that it actually works.

We hope the pilot is successful and Xs4ALL can start providing IPv6 connectivity for all of their customers!

IPv6 hosters report for enlisting

Fix6 is going to collect and maintain a list of hosting providers that offer IPv6 by default in production with support in 4 categories:

  • Shared hosting
  • Dedicated servers
  • Virtual servers
  • Colocation

So if you work for, get hosted by or know a hostingcompany that offers IPv6 by default on 1 or more of these servers AND they provide full support for it in their normal support channels you are only 1 step away from being listed.

Step 1: Contact us with the name of the hosting company and what services they offer IPv6 on! Remember only those that offer IPv6 by default and have support for it on their regular support channels get to be on the list!

Thats it! We will review your request and add it to the list as soon as possible!

Google, Microsoft, Netflix in talks to create shared list of IPv6 users

Leading Web content providers — including Google, Yahoo, Netflix and Microsoft — are conducting early-stage conversations about creating a shared list of customers who can access their Web sites via IPv6, the long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet’s main communications protocol.

The DNS Whitelist for IPv6 would be a list of IP addresses that have functioning IPv6 connectivity. Content providers would use this shared DNS Whitelist to serve up content to these IP addresses via IPv6 rather than through IPv4, which is the current version of the Internet Protocol. Web site visitors not listed on the DNS Whitelist for IPv6 would receive IPv4-based content.

More from NetworkWorld…

Yahoo proposes ‘really ugly hack’ to DNS

Network engineers from Yahoo are pitching what they admit is a “really ugly hack” to the Internet’s Domain Name System, but they say it is necessary for the popular Web content provider to support IPv6, the long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet’s main communications protocol.
Complete info at NetworkWorld, ComputerWorld and CIO.

Q&A with Oxilion

Today we are talking to Wouter Schoot. Wouter is a System & Support Engineer at Oxilion. Oxilion is a large Hoster from the Netherlands with products from shared hosting to dedicated servers.

Please tell us a little about Oxilion

Oxilion was founded in April 2000 and focuses on internet services within the datacenter. The product range varies from hosting packages for the consumer market and complete solutions for the SME, based on managed virtual machines with shared storage.

All related services such as backups, disaster recovery, network connectivity and high availability are managed by our engineers.

We provide our services from five datacenters across the Netherlands and provide internet connectivity in Enschede and Amsterdam; the connections to and between all locations are redundant.

When and how did IPv6 began to be a part of Oxilion?

IPv6 developments where started immediately when Oxilion organized its network independence. Previously Oxilion used assigned PA IPv4 space from the datacenter. Becoming independent was the next step for Oxilion. We received our RIPE membership, AS-number and PA-space (IPv4 and IPv6) late 2008 and we focused the BGP routing equipment towards high-end IPv6 capable hardware.
Since Oxilion is running on this network, from the beginning of 2009, the focus on IPv6 is growing and for this year IPv6 is to be integrated in our complete product range.

What is the current status of IPv6 at Oxilion?

IPv6 is integrated in our complete network. We are running on the prefix 2a00:d10::/32 and doing about 5-10% IPv6 traffic currently which is rather large compared to other known statistics.
We promote IPv6 by offering it standard with all our (virtual)servers; in addition our customers can use IPv6 traffic for free for the whole of 2010!

In what way do you expect to see IPv6 growth in the next couple of years for Oxilion?

As mentioned we focus on IPv6 by installing IPv6 by default on new servers. And at the moment we are integrating the support on our existing products. At the end of 2010 we want to have it as ‘commonly’ used as IPv4 now.
We actively ask our biggest customers to embrace IPv6. We believe that we are the chicken in the chicken-and-the-egg. Or was it the egg?

Are there any things you would like to say about IPv6 in general?

First of all: use it! With the fast decrease of freely available IPv4 space at the moment we need to act now to avoid running out of IP’s.
We actively monitor IPv4 space by plotting the statistics on our large LCD screen at our NOC. We use IPv6 at our office and are using Google IPv6 services which they allowed us to do by changing their nameservers for us.

IPv6 is hot and IPv4 is not!

Thanks for your answers Wouter. Perhaps Oxilion should change their slogan to: Oxilion IPv6 obvious!