Facebook and World IPv6 Day

Why It Matters to Facebook

World IPv6 Day will allow us to better understand how our infrastructure and code perform under IPv6 while minimizing impact on our users. Since January, we’ve conducted several studies and tests of our own and have gained even greater confidence that our site is ready for IPv6. We anticipate that 99.97% of users will not be affected at all. The small number of users who may be affected may find that pages are slow to load and we are working to minimize the impact.

Of course, we will be prepared to address any issues as they come up. Our Help Center has instructions and more information for users who may be affected.

We are encouraged by the overwhelming response of the hundreds of major organizations who have signed up to participate on World IPv6 Day.

Check back here June 9 to see how the test went.

Erion IPv6 Training in London UK July 2011

Erion is pleased to announce that we are running some of our world-leading IPv6 training courses as public events in London UK during July 2011.

On the 4th July we are running our 1-day Introduction to IPv6 which is a comprehensive technical overview of IPv6. From the 5th to the 8th July we are running our flagship 4-day Implementing IPv6 course. Developed over 13 years, this course covers all aspects of IPv6 in comprehensive detail and is ideal for all technical staff wishing to learn more about IPv6. Delegates have the option to chose to carry out hands-on exercises on Linux, Cisco IOS or Windows.

Erion is the world’s leading provider of IPv6 training. We have the largest portfolio of IPv6 training courses, suitable for all audiences, covering all aspects of IPv6 on all major operating systems and platforms. In addition to our public IPv6 training schedule, we also provide IPv6 training as on-site courses and we provide Erion Modular IPv6 Training which allows for a bespoke training programme to be created based on our hundreds of IPv6 training modules.For further information please contact us on +44 (0)1422 207000, enquiry@erion.co.uk or through our web-site contact form.

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TeliaSonera International Carrier Supports World IPv6 Day, 8th June

TeliaSonera International Carrier, with other leading technology companies, is taking part and supporting the Internet Society’s World IPv6 Day on June 8, 2011. TeliaSonera International Carrier’s website www.teliasoneraic.com will be IPv6 compatible. We are, as a parallel activity, working with our partners and customers to participate, promote and prioritize IPv6.

Complete info at CisionWire and TheSwedishWire.

IPv6 RIPEness: One Year Later

RIPE Labs graph looks at IPv6 RIPEness rate of all countries in the RIPE NCC service region as measured in May 2011. (Click to Enlarge)A year ago, the RIPE NCC introduced IPv6 RIPEness — a system that rates IPv6 deployment of Local Internet Registries (LIRs) based on the following criteria:

  • The LIR gets one star if it has an IPv6 allocation

Additional stars can be earned if,

  • The address prefix is routed on the Internet
  • A route6 object is registered in the RIPE Database
  • Reverse DNS has been set up

In an earlier post on CircleID, “IPv6 RIPEness: the hard numbers on ISPs and Deployment Rates”, published in April 2010, we saw that:

  • 27% of all LIRs (6,748 at the time) had IPv6 address space (one star), and
  • 8% of all LIRs (or a total of 540) had all four stars

Now, one year later, the numbers have gone up:

  • 41% of all LIRs have IPv6 address space, and
  • 13% have all four stars

In absolute numbers: more than 3,000 LIRs have IPv6 address space. This means that the RIPE NCC has made more than 1,100 IPv6 allocations within 12 months.

It is also interesting to look at the development in some countries:

  • Slovenia is still the winner: More than 80% of all LIRs in that country have an IPv6 allocation, and almost half of them have all four stars
  • Armenia is now second on the list: 72% of all LIRs have an IPv6 allocation (45% last year)

You might notice that some countries that had at least one or two stars previously now show no IPv6 RIPEness anymore. This is due to mergers or closures of LIRs in these countries and does not mean that IPv6 address space has been returned or revoked.

Even though we are happy to see progress, many LIRs have not yet requested IPv6 address space from the RIPE NCC. We hope that the IPv6 RIPEness system is helping to encourage LIRs to deploy IPv6. Note that all LIRs that reach all four stars receive free t-shirts and now also an IPv6-enabled fridge magnet from the RIPE NCC :)

For more background information, please refer to the article on RIPE Labs: IPv6 RIPEness — One Year Later.

Written by Daniel Karrenberg, Chief Scientist at the RIPE NCC

Should your home broadband connection be IPv6 ready right now?

Some ISPs are beginning to plug IPv6 home routers, but should you be concerned about it? Here’s the situation for home routers and networking equipment in a nutshell.

In recent weeks there’s been more than the usual amount of noise surrounding IPv6; just yesterday Internode announced it was selling a couple of IPv6 ready routers and iiNet’s made the same claim of its upcoming Bob2 router. If you’re still a little hazy on IPv6, this rather dry YouTube video does a good job covering the basics.

More from PC Authority…

Improved IPv6 support in Perl

Derek Morrhas blogged before about the shoddy support for IPv6 in Perl. Last week, Perl 5.14 was released with improved IPv6 support in the core distribution:

Improved IPv6 support
The Socket module provides new affordances for IPv6,
including implementations of the Socket::getaddrinfo() and
Socket::getnameinfo() functions, along with related constants and a
handful of new functions. See Socket.

This change brings the standard getaddrinfo()/getnameinfo() socket calls into the core library. Prior to this, developers had to use a separate module, socket6, to get IPv6-capable socket calls. This change is long overdue. The getaddrinfo() and getnameinfo() calls were first defined in RFC 2113, which published in 1997!

In 2011, I can’t imagine why anyone would want to write new code in Perl, but I’m glad that the core library finally has IPv6 support. There’s still a lot of legacy Perl code out there, and much of it will have to get IPv6 support. This should make that process much easier.

Source: Living with IPv6 Blog