Arbor Networks released a study today that analyzes traffic collected from six ISPs. This report suggests that total IPv6 traffic remains between .1 and .2% of total Internet traffic. However, more of this traffic is now natively routed and not using tunnels. This indicates that infrastructure providers are moving away from tunnels and more end-users are able to get native connections from their providers. These are both positive trends as far as IPv6 deployment is concerned.
Earlier this month, NTIA released an IPv6 Readiness Tool (an Excel-based planning spreadsheet) that enterprises can use to assist them in determining IPv6 readiness. This free tool provides a checklist of important items and actions that an enterprise needs to consider in order to successfully deploy IPv6 into the company network.
Check http://www.ntia.doc.gov/advisory/IPv6/index.html for the details.
Brocade has brought much-needed enhancements to the IPv6 capabilities available in ServerIron ADX series with software release version 12.3. The details are a bit unclear as this blog entry is being written since the Brocade website still seems to have collateral related to release 12.2. The You-Tube announcement does reference a standards-based NAT64, which should be an implementation of the soon to be published RFC currently called draft-ietf-behave-v6v4-xlate-stateful, but there was no specific statement related to that.
Network World reports that Verizon says they have enough IPv4 Addresses. There are some estimates included on how many they might have. Stephan Langerholm, one of the TXv6TF Directors, is quoted.
Training DocumentsÂ from Verizon that confirm that they now offer native dual stack IPv6 services on AS701 (legacy UUNET) in 38 pops in the US. This includes the POP in Houston and Dallas. If you are a current Verizon customer with a circuit that terminates in one of those POPS, contact your sales person and find out more.
In related news, Verizon Wireless has stated (as recently as the most recent CES) that they intend to support IPv6 with the LTE network. However, it is not clear exactly when that will be available.
Today, the free pool of IPv4 addresses unallocated by the IANA is starting to come to an end. The remaining /8s are 102/8, 103/8, 104/8, 179/8 and 185/8. Each of the RIRs will now get one of these as their final allocation from IANA. There will be an announcement about this situation on February 3rd. Check out this link for the live stream.
Stan Barber, Chair of TXv6TF, will be a speaker at the 2011 TTVN Annual Conference at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas. His topic is Real IPv6 in a Multi-Vendor World and will cover issues that come up when adding IPv6 to multi-vendor enterprise networks.
Fast Company has an article about World IPv6 Day. Mark the date and get involved in you can!