Test your IPv6

This will test your browser and connection for IPv6 readiness, as well as show you your current IPV4 and IPv6 address.

Q: How does this test work?

The test is entirely client-side javascript. To determine reachability, a series of ajax requests are made from the web server, using various DNS names that force the use of IPv6 only, or dual stack, or other such scenarios. The pass/fail of such fetches, as well as how long they take, are taken into account.

Try the test yourself at http://test-ipv6.com/

Juniper Networks to Participate in World IPv6 Day, June 8, 2011

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) has announced that it will participate in ‘World IPv6 Day’ on June 8, 2011, a one-day ‘test drive’ of websites offering IPv6 support being sponsored by the Internet Society (ISOC). In this effort, Juniper is furthering its long-standing commitment to ensure its customers continue to be fully prepared for a transparent transition to the new IPv6 protocol to meet their respective market needs and business conditions.

World IPv6 Day will offer a global-scale test flight of IPv6, where major web and networking companies and other industry leaders will enable IPv6 on their main websites for 24 hours. One key goal is to allow participants from all parts of the global Internet community to work towards the common goal of enabling IPv6 at a large scale with minimal disruption; another critical goal is to further promote the awareness of effective IPv4-to-IPv6 transition strategies and the ability to make that transition as seamless as possible.

‘This week’s anticipated announcement from the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority [IANA(1)] that the remaining large IPv4 address blocks have now been assigned has long been expected, and should not be misconstrued as alarming in any way–we believe the global Internet can continue its robust growth without interruption,’ said Alain Durand, director of software engineering, Juniper Networks Infrastructure Products Group. ‘Juniper Networks has been assisting its service provider and enterprise customers with a continuum of IPv4 exhaustion solutions, IPv6-enabled products and IPv4/IPv6 coexistence strategies for many years. Our participation in World IPv6 Day represents yet another extension of the IPv6 support we’ve delivered throughout our switching, routing and security solutions families, to now address our public website.’

IPv4/IPv6 Coexistence

Juniper Networks has invested significantly in developing a broad suite of technologies and solutions that help customers meet IP addressing needs while building out IPv6 networks as rapidly as their markets and services require. With most of the world’s Internet content addressed via IPv4 for decades to come, Juniper has continued to offer its customers support for robust NAT solutions, including Carrier Grade NAT (CGNAT) to ensure continued access to IPv4 devices, endpoints and content.

‘The vast majority of the world’s Internet content is addressable via IPv4,’ stated Michael Howard, principal analyst, carrier and data center networking, at Infonetics Research. ‘It’s clear that the IPv4-to-IPv6 transition will be a long, but very manageable process.’

‘IPv4 address depletion is an important and long-awaited inflection point in the continuing history of the Internet,’ continued Durand, who is scheduled to discuss IPv4/IPv6 issues at the V6 World Congress next week in Paris.

For more information about Juniper Networks IPv6 solutions, including the white paper, Tools and Strategies for Coping with IPv4 Address Depletion, see http://www.juniper.net/ipv6

Comcast Activates First Users With IPv6 Native Dual Stack Over DOCSIS

We are excited to announce that Comcast has successfully activated our first group of cable modem customers using IPv6 in a “Native Dual Stack” configuration. These customers can now access content and services natively over both IPv6 and IPv4, since they have both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. As a result, they do not need to use any tunneling or translation solutions including Network Address Translation (NAT); they can access IPv6 and IPv4 directly at high-speed, in an unencumbered fashion.

We are also delighted that these are the first Native Dual Stack users activated in a production DOCSIS network in North America! This is a tremendous milestone for Comcast, cable operators, DOCSIS technology, and the Internet community at large. This achievement is a key demonstration and ongoing test of our ability to offer Native Dual Stack Internet services leveraging our production DOCSIS 3.0 network.

On January 11th, 2011, our first 25 IPv6-enabled users came online in the Littleton, Colorado area. Since then, we have expanded the number of users in Colorado and we will soon expand to additional market areas in other parts of the country. Each user has been delegated an IPv6 /64 block as part of the trial which is comprised of approximately 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 (18 quintillion) unique IPv6 addresses, as a first step as we evaluate what will be the optimal IP address allocation size for our customers. Our trial customers are connected using access network devices (cable modem termination systems and cable modems) from Arris and home networking equipment from Apple, both running publicly available software. We will broaden the trial to include other vendors soon.

For more information about the Comcast IPv6 trials, check out the Comcast IPv6 Information Center.

What advertisers and agencies need to know about IPv6

Unconvinced the only reason for the switch from IPv4 to IPv6 centers on the ability to connect more devices to the Internet and online content, I took the question to the engineering community. I’ve been thinking about this for more than a year, asking advertising and marketing folks their opinions on the topic. Few know about the next generation protocol. So here are a few reasons the ad industry needs to know.

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EU IPv6 Training Event in Ghent

Erion’s David Holder will be presenting at the EU’s Workshop on “Skills for IPv6″ in Ghent Belgium on the 13th December 2010.

He is pleased to be invited to speak and support the EU’s efforts to encourage the adoption of IPv6 in the community. A key part of the adoption of IPv6 is the need for training.

Erion has been providing IPv6 training for over twelve years. Over that time we have created the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of IPv6 training courses. Our courses cover all aspects of IPv6 on all major platforms and operating systems, and are aimed at a wide range of different audiences, from advanced technical staff through to senior management. In over a decade, Erion has gained a wealth of experience in training all types of organisations on every aspect of IPv6. Our customers include many of the world’s leading technology and none technology companies. Well known examples include (in no particular order), The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Cisco, Ericsson, Arbor Networks, Orange, Research in Motion, Sony, EMC, Atos Origin, BAA, BBC and 3Com.

In addition to Erion’s published standard IPv6 courses, we also provide what we call “Modular IPv6 training”. In our IPv6 modular courses, we put together an IPv6 training programme for a client using modules from a number of our standard courses. This allows us to create tailored IPv6 courses for clients without the usual overheads of creating bespoke training.

Further details on Erion’s IPv6 training services can be found at our IPv6 training web-site. Please contact us for further information.

Samba4 Release will be IPv6 Enabled

At this year’s Storage Developers Conference in Santa Clara, Erion’s David Holder gave a presentation on IPv6 and SMB.

One question that was raised was that of whether Samba4 will include IPv6 support when it is released. Jeremy Allison was able to confirm that IPv6 was a blocking feature and that Samba4 would not be released without Ipv6 support. He went onto explain that at SambaXP the Samba Team had agreed that Samba4 would not be released without support for any of the major features already found in Samba3. Since IPv6 is a standard feature of Samba3 since version 3.2 Samba4 must support IPv6.

Erion has a long history of working towards IPv6 enabling Samba and was involved in IPv6 enabling the Linux CIFS client and Samba3. Erion carried out the first IPv6 Samba join to Windows Server 2008  and the first ever IPv6 Linux CIFS mount to Windows Server 2008 in 2008.

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