Arguably one of the single largest changes in the history of the internet comes closer with a succesfull completion of this year’s World IPv6 day.
OK, so the end of the world hasn’t happened yet. Trust me, it will, one day.
In the meantime Internettters are preparing for the inevitable demise of IPv4. On June 6 major websites will turn on IPv6, which they have avoided so far in fear of brokenness at clients.
To see how well prepared you are for IPv6 day, have a look at the following sites:
By the way, my IPv6 link is consistently faster than my IPv4 link.
Finally a bit of embedded stuff to automatically give you some IP information.
According to Google (http://www.google.com/intl/en/ipv6/statistics/) native IPv6 penetration has structurally crossed the 0.2% mark as a percentage of total traffic on the Internet in early 2011. This may not seem much, but it has doubled in a year, in an Internet that is still growing exponentially.
Tunneled traffic has decreased, which is good. Yet, it looks like native traffic is only replacing this, not adding to it. This could mean that native IPv6 is only gaining share within a stabilizing population.
Daily variations indicate a bias towards home usage, as percentages are higher on weekends, although this bias has decreased somewhat over the years.
Let us contrast this with the AMS-IX statistics at http://www.ams-ix.net/sflow-stats/ether/bps/log which appear to be flat line. This is by ethernet type, which is likely to be native IPv6 traffic rather than tunneled. One hypotheses is that IPv6 penetration grows by regions adopting it, other regions would then be catching up to the penetration levels in Europe.
Overall, the message is mixed. IPv6 is growing in maturity, but not necessarily in adoption.
What is your reflection on this?
For more info look at http://isoc.org/wp/worldipv6day/
On 8 June, 2011, 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 drive”. The goal of the Test Drive 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.
Never a better day to try out your own IPv6 connectivity as a content provider.
I am through with IPv6.
By now all my websites (that I know off) are dual stack with native, untunneled IPv6. Thanks to Xs4all.nl and AVM.de (the FritzBox guys) I have native IPv6 in my home office. Setup was a breeze. On http://test-ipv6.com/ my connection scores 10/10 for IPv6 readiness.
I have had a lot to do with the Dutch government. Currently the main site www.rijksoverheid.nl is fully IPv6 capable, and for the internal network the decision to enable IPv6 has been made at the top, and is now trickling down into the it departments. This is going to save them a fortune by reducing NAT (Network Address Translation). I can tell you from first hand experience.
So for now, my mission is accomplished. If you need help rooting out isolated pockets of resistance, give me a call.
IPv6 traffic as a percentage of total traffic at isc.sans.org almost tripled from 0.5% to 1.3% of all users of the website.
Isc.sans.org is a security institute. The report analyses the provenance of this traffic (lots of tunnels!) and the security implications of this.