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World IPv6 Day Tests New Global Internet Protocol

Ross O. Storey | June 8, 2011
The Internet Society coordinates the 'test flight' enabling of the IPv6 protocol for 24 hours, as IPv4 addresses run out and acknowledges the potential for 'glitches'.

Internet Society chief Internet technology officer Leslie Daigle said the interest in and amazing response to World IPv6 Day around the world is extremely encouraging, and highlights the growing momentum behind deploying IPv6.

"We see this test flight as an important step towards ensuring the global Internet can continue to grow and evolve so that it can connect billions of new users and devices," said Daigle.

Facebook involvement

Facebook has long been preparing for World IPv6 Day and will be monitoring all aspects of its infrastructure. "We need to find solutions as an industry to accelerate global adoption of IPv6," said Jay Parikh, director of engineering at Facebook. "Participating in World IPv6 Day enables us to gain valuable insights about potential IPv6 issues and how we as an industry can address them. We're working together with our peers to keep the Internet open and make sure all computers and devices stay connected."

"Akamai is committed to helping our customers and network partners with a smooth transition to IPv6," said Harald Prokop, senior vice president of engineering at Akamai Technologies. "Over 30 of our customers from around the globe have opted in to our IPv6 technology platform, and will be participating in World IPv6 Day.

Akamai said its goal is to help enable content providers to deliver an exceptional end-user experience over IPv6 without requiring disruptive changes to their origin networking infrastructure. Akamai will provide a real-time view of IPv6 traffic served via its global platform at

Erik Kline, IPv6 software engineer at Google, said: "We've been working to make Google services publicly accessible over IPv6 since 2008, because we believe it's critical to the long-term prosperity of the open Internet. We are happy to be joining hundreds of participants around the world for this important transition, and to share in the enthusiasm to help IPv6 succeed."

Like extending phone numbers

"Enabling IPv6 is like moving from a 10-digit phone number to a 38-digit phone number," said Adam Bechtel, VP of infrastructure engineering at Yahoo. "Some computers will have trouble dialling the new numbers. World IPv6 Day will shed light on how these misdials occur."

Tom Coffeen, director of global network architecture for Limelight Networks said: "On World IPv6 Day, Limelight and our customers will present a snapshot of the Internet of the future: end-to-end delivery of rich media and Web applications streamed over IPv6 to a multitude of devices, with user experiences as brilliant as-or better than-today's IPv4 services.

"More than just a beta solution, Limelight's IPv6 services are available today from any and all of our PoPs around the world, and so we are pleased to work with the Internet Society to take an active role in this important 'test flight' of the Internet of tomorrow, Coffeen said.



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