TELECOM ITALIA and Juniper Networks Win Award for IPv6 Migration Innovation

Juniper Networks and Telecom Italia today announced that they received Global Telecoms Business’ IP Transformation award for their IPv4 Depletion & IPv6 Migration joint project. The project was designed to manage the parallel tracks of IPv4 and IPv6 seamlessly within a single architecture. The award was presented at the recent Global Telecoms Business (GTB) Innovation awards ceremony in London.

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New IPv6 video from Spanish Goverment

As part of the Spanish IPv6 transition plan, a video introducing IPv6 and the plan itself, has been released.
The video is available at TVenred in English and Spanish.

Comparing IPv4 and IPv6 Performance

The active measurements the RIPE NCC carried out on World IPv6 Day on 8 June 2011 included ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) and ICMP6 (ICMP for IPv6) measurements from our vantage points to selected hostnames of World IPv6 Day participants and other dual-stacked parties. We used these measurements to determine the performance of IPv4 versus IPv6 connections.

The figure below shows a histogram of all relative IPv4 versus IPv6 performance data points collected during World IPv6 Day. A single data point consists of the ratio of IPv4 and IPv6 performance from a single vantage point to a single destination during a 10-minute interval.

The image shows that while this distribution has a bell shape, it is a little “fatter” on the IPv4 side. This means that IPv4 is faster more often than IPv6. What this tells us is that you are slightly better off in an IPv4-only environment than in an IPv6-only environment. On a dual-stack client that unconditionally prefers IPv6 to IPv4, IPv4 is more often the faster protocol, but this is far from a universal truth. There is also a significant chance that IPv6 is faster, since the “IPv6-is-faster” part of the histogram also has a significant volume.

Note that we measured ICMP and ICMP6, and not HTTP performance. Also, the IPv4 and IPv6 end points for a given hostname may be topologically and/or geographically in (very) different places, especially when proxies are used for IPv6 to IPv4 translation. In cases where the IPv4 and IPv6 destination end points are not at the same location, the distance between a vantage point and either the IPv4 or IPv6 destination end point has a large influence on the measured performance.

In conclusion, we can say that comparable IPv4 and IPv6 performance can be seen as an indication of a mature deployment of both IPv4 and IPv6 in a network. In the data we analysed, we see that IPv4 is still generally faster then IPv6, but for a significant fraction of measurements IPv6 is the faster protocol.

For more detailed information, please refer to the background article on RIPE Labs: Measuring World IPv6 Day — Comparing IPv4 and IPv6 Performance.

Written by Mirjam Kuehne

Infonetics Research: Majority of carriers plan IPv6 in 2011; caching, CDN critical to reduce traffic loads

“Though the industry has been talking about IPv6 for over a decade, it’s finally enjoying a quiet evolution, with 83% of the service providers we interviewed already deploying IPv6 or planning to by next year, and all have plans of migrating. With IPv4 addresses running out in some places in the world by 2012, and as many as 15 billion machine-to-machine (M2M) devices expected to be connected to the Internet by 2015, each needing its own IP address, IPv6 migration has become a front-and-center issue for carriers,” notes Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder of Infonetics Research.

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‘IPv6 brokenness’ problem appears fixed

Facebook, Yahoo and others report decline in number of users having difficulty accessing dual-stack websites.
Complete info at NetworkWorld, ComputerWorld and CIO.

Yahoo, Facebook and Google to IETF: Where are the IPv6 users?

Meeting of Internet standards body indicates shift in IPv6 debate from content to carriers.
Complete info at NetworkWorld, CIO and ComputerWorld.