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!