Web Wiz IPv6 Deployment
What Is IPv6?
Each device connected Internet or Internet Services such as websites require an Internet Protocol Address (IP Address) in order to work. The IP Address is sort of like a telephone number to locate the device or service on the Internet.
The Internet presently uses IPv4, which uses four sets of numbers from 0 to 255 with periods in-between (eg. 092.053.240.240), this allows for 4.3 billion IP Addresses.
In recent years with the explosion of Internet enabled devices from Personal Computers to Mobile Phones the number of available IPv4 Addresses has shrunk and is expected to run out in Europe within the next 18 months.
To fix the issue a new IP Address system was needed, this is where IPv6 comes in. With IPv6 you have eight sets of four hexadecimal numbers with colons in-between (eg. 2a00:85c0:0001:0000:0000:0000:0240:0241), this allows approximately 3.4×1038 IP Addresses. This is a massive number of IP Addresses and will allow the Internet to continue to grow.
Web Wiz IPv6 Services
Web Wiz was allocated a IPv6 Range from RIPE NCC at the beginning of 2012 and we have been testing our IPv6 deployment in conjunction with our existing IPv4 network to build a dual IPv4 and IPv6 network known as a Dual Stack Network.
Our Core Cisco Network used to route customers data between us and the Internet has been updated to incorporate IPv6. Many of our hosting services, including Virtual Servers and Shared Hosting (Websites, DNS, rDNS, SQL Server, FTP, Webmail) have been updated to have both IPv4 and IPv6 Addresses.
RIPE NCC have developed a rating system under which Local Internet Registries (LIRs) can get up to 4 Stars for IPv6 services. RIPE NCC have given our IPv6 services 4-Star IPv6 RIPEness, making Web Wiz one of only a handful of UK ISPs presently able to provide IPv6 services.
Web Wiz Customers can request IPv6 Address allocation from us to use with both Windows Shared Hosting Websites and Windows Cloud Servers.
World IPv6 Launch Day
The 6th June 2012 is IPv6 Launch Day when many Major Internet Service Providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world are coming together to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services.
To support IPv6 Launch Day we will be permanently enabling IPv6 for all our services that currently support IPv6 on or before the 6th June 2012.
Here at Web Wiz we have developed a number of Tools to allow Network, Server and Website Admins to test their IPv6 Deployment. These tools are listed below:-
Web Wiz IPv6 Tools
Below you will find links where you can find out more information on IPv6:-
More Information on IPv6
World IPv6 Launch: www.worldipv6launch.org
RIPE NCC: www.ripe.net/lir-services/resource-management/faq/faq-ipv6
IPv6 Forum: www.ipv6forum.com