Redcentric support World IPv6 Day

08 June 2011

As a leading provider of network based managed services, technology and infrastructure solutions - and a leading business ISP in the UK - Redcentric understands the importance of IPv6 uptake and is supporting the day to raise awareness of the need for change.

On this day Redcentric joins major internet service and content providers such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo! and Akamai in enabling IPv6 on their main websites for a 24-hour test run. The goal is to motivate organisations 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 address space runs out.

This web site is IPv6 enabled using a technology called Dual Stack which means the site is accessible via IPv4 and/or IPv6. Our intention is to leave IPv6 enabled on the site beyond the IPv6 Day.

Understanding the importance to clients, Redcentric plans to roll out IPv6 across its network by the end of 2011.

Enterprises not ready for IPv6 transition

Highlighting the need to raise awareness, research by Redcentric-partner Infoblox suggests that many enterprises are not yet ready for IPv6 adoption. The research indicated:

  • 80% feel they are not educated well enough to take on IPv6 migration
  • 1 out 2 respondents don't know which of their network elements support IPv6 today
  • 70% are concerned about performing a successful IPv6 deployment
  • Only 24% have dedicated resources to manage the migration from IPv4 to IPv6
  • 23% expect to enable external-facing web sites for IPv6 in the next 12 months

What is IpV6?

IP or Internet Protocol is an international communications standard that underpins modern computer networks, the largest of which is the Internet. In IP, network devices communicate by exchanging small data packets with each data packet containing the source (originator of the packet) and destination (packet recipient) IP address. Without an IP address, a device cannot participate.

Since 1981, IP Version 4 (IPv4) has been the publicly used version of the Internet Protocol. Each IP address on IPv4 is 32-bit, resulting in a 2 32 (4,294,967,296) address space. The explosion of the Internet in the 1990s has mandated a need for more addresses than is possible with IPv4. The solution is IPv6. Each IP address is 128-bit long, this mean an incredibly large address space of 2 128 (340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456).