[Air-l] IPv6 (Re: Web 2.0 - "the machine is us?")

Bram Dov Abramson bda at bazu.org
Thu Feb 15 14:10:10 PST 2007


<elw at stderr.org>, Thu Feb 15 13:15:46 PST 2007:
>I don't know of any non-experimental hosts that are reachable
>by IPv6.
>
>If someone anecdotally knows of a 'biggie' that is routing/advertising
>IPv6 services, I'd love to hear about it.

I don't know a great deal about it, but I think IPv6 deployment has been
beyond that for a little while now -- somewhere around where the IPv4
backbone was in, say, 1990, i.e. mostly research institutions, with some
use beyond that.

This Teleglobe (if it's still branded that way) press release advertising
its IPv6 transit service -- a commercial offering -- claims 20 ISP
customers and interconnections at a few well-connected Internet exchanges,
including AMSIX in Amsterdam, HKIX in Hong Kong, and an Equinix service
run from its facilities, in this case in the DC suburbs:
<http://www.vsnlinternational.com/news/release-view.asp?d=20050914>.

And the directory for NY6IX, which has been run out of the 60 Hudson St.
facility in NY for a while (and is now apparently called "Big APE" [!]),
includes a number of Internet transit providers who'd really have to be
called "biggies", if anyone is, advertising IPv6 IP addresses for
interconnectin within the Big APE service.  Besides Teleglobe they include
Cable & Wireless, France Telecom, Internet Initiative Japan, Qwest, and
Sprint.

All of which is far from wide non-research use, 'course.  But it's
certainly something.  I don't know how updated or used it really gets --
they list only NTT (Japan) as an IPv6ed ISP -- but see also
<http://wiki.go6.net/index.php?title=Main_Page#IPv6_Readiness_Status>, I
guess.  It includes a bunch of IPv6-reachable hosts running Web services
(what you were talking about) as opposed to backbones which can route them
natively, meaning without IPv4 wrappers on either end (what I've been
prattling on about).

cheers
Bram



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