Is Your Business Ready for World IPv6 Day?

February 18, 2011

As you may have seen earlier in the week, SoftLayer is joining ISOC's 24-hour IPv6 "test flight" as a part of World IPv6 Day on June 8, 2011.

As I alluded in ISOC's press release, SoftLayer is a hosting provider, but we aren't going to be an effective resource for our customers if we don't adopt the newest technologies and platforms for future growth. Because we've built our business around that idea, you won't see many substantial changes when June 8 rolls around ... We were a little ahead of the curve in December 2008 when we began providing native IPv6 support to our publicly available services. The point of this Internet-wide event is not about getting there first, though ... It's about everyone getting there.

What does World IPv6 day mean to you? Probably little to nothing in the short-run. While there's a unanimous sense of urgency to be prepared, the real deadline is still a little ways into the future. If you're a SoftLayer customer, it's pretty easy for you to take part in your own World IPv6 Day: Provision your free IPv6 /64 on your server and start using them.

I encourage you to set goals for IPv6 functionality for the near future so you don't find yourself scrambling for a solution when you can't get any new IPv4 addresses. Don't let the fact that ARIN still has 5.20 IPv4 /8s in aggregate lull you into inaction ... The well will run dry, and the sooner you're ready for it, the better. Would your business be ready to flip the switch to IPv6 on June 8?

-Will

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February 19th, 2011 at 8:11am

Will ThePlanet Servers also be ready / tested ? We have 10 servers hosted on ThePlanet.

February 28th, 2011 at 5:16pm

Thanks for the question, Steve! Servers need IPv6-capable network hardware throughout their full network path to be able to host IPv6 addresses. The legacy network infrastructure at The Planet does not fully support IPv6 addressing, so there's no immediate time line for IPv6 capability on servers in those facilities.

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February 19th, 2011 at 8:11am

Will ThePlanet Servers also be ready / tested ? We have 10 servers hosted on ThePlanet.

February 28th, 2011 at 5:16pm

Thanks for the question, Steve! Servers need IPv6-capable network hardware throughout their full network path to be able to host IPv6 addresses. The legacy network infrastructure at The Planet does not fully support IPv6 addressing, so there's no immediate time line for IPv6 capability on servers in those facilities.

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