Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Will IPv6 Usage Increase During "World IPv6 Day"? Arbor and Sandvine are Watching

Today, June 8, is the Internet Society "World IPv6 Day" in which ".. Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight Networks will be amongst some of the major organisations that will offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour “test flight”. The goal of the Test Flight Day is to motivate organizations across the industry – Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies – to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out".

See more here and "IPv4 Addresses to be Exhausted Next Week" - here.

More than 430 ISPs, network equipment vendors, research organizations and others (full list here) participate, including Sandvine and Arbor Networks - as well as Cisco, F5, Huawei, Telcordia, ZTE, Ericsson and Juniper.

Sandvine says they ".. are excited to be taking part and will also be tracking IPv6 Internet activity throughout the event day! .. Our corporate sites, including, are now accessible on both IPv4 and IPv6, and our products are now updated to measure and report on IPv6 traffic of participating consumers .. So, what will Internet activity look like tomorrow when IPv6 gets turned on en masse? We’ll be working hard all day to crunch the data in order to answer that very question"

See "World IPv6 Day – Join the Test Flight" - here.

Arbor is ".. providing traffic monitoring support and our goal is to collect Internet-wide IPv6 measurements and help to isolate any performance problems .. We did an initial analysis of IPv6 traffic for the 48 hours leading up to the start of IPv6 day, in order to better understand the impact of IPv6 day on IPv6 usage [see chart].  This data is based on six Internet service providers who are capable of carrying both native and tunneled IPv6 traffic, and who have deployed fully IPV6-capable routers at their peering edges which can export traffic statistics for IPv6 traffic. Current levels of IPv6 traffic (see chart), both tunneled and native, look similar to the levels observed during the earlier study which ended 2 months ago".

See "Monitoring World IPv6 Day" - here.

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