SoftLayer is the Official Hosting Provider for TXv6TF

Some of you may have been wondering how TXv6TF would be impacted by the merger of The Planet (our official hosting provider since TXv6TF started) and SoftLayer. The news is outstanding. SoftLayer will continue to provide TXv6TF with hosting services, just as The Planet did. However, it gets even better. The new site is now hosted on the SoftLayer platform, which is the framework that the merged company will continue to grow and develop.
SoftLayer has been offering IPv6 as part of its regular product since 2009 and has made supporting IPv6 on a dedicated hosting platform very straight forward. This means reliability and easy deployment for those that want to use IPv6 today.
TXv6TF looks forward to many years of collaboration with SoftLayer as IPv6 ascends to dominance as the primary Internet Protocol. Special thanks to Paul Ford and Dani Roisman for getting the gears moving to facilitate this migration.

Level(3) is offering IPv6 Transit

Level(3) is providing IPv6 transit to customers today as they recently delivered this service to one of the TXv6TF board members. Unfortunately, the total number of IPv6 routes they are providing is not quite as high as their competitors. Direct analysis of the routes available today show that Level(3)’s IPv6 routing table is around 2800 routes while others are providing closer to 3800. This appears to be due to the lack of proper IPv6 peering with Google and Hurricane Electric. Time table for addressing this is believed to be within the next couple of months. Watch this blog for future updates.

AT&T Presents Another Webinar on IPv6

Today, AT&T presented another IPv6 webcast. This time the topic was on planning a transition to IPv6. Returning in this presentation was Tom Siracusa with a new partner, Robbie Harrell.

Robbie said that he believes that Asia-Pacific and Europe are somewhat ahead of the US, more so in education than in implementation.

Tom emphasized that enterprise customers will likely be initially impacted by access from the outside world to their public-facing resources. This is because there will start to be a rapidly growing community of IPv6-only users starting after the exhaustion of the IPv4 free pool.

Tom said that a feature of a good transition strategy would be to use tunnels where necessary, but arrange for internal tunnels to be terminated inside the enterprise and not traverse the firewall. Similarly, externally-originated tunnels should also not traverse the firewall.

Online discussion of this event is available to registered users on the AT&T Networking Exchange forum site.