Thursday 19 January 2012

IPv6 - Time to get the ball rolling?

About a year ago I started seriously looking into IPv6 and managed to get all the way to "Guru" status on the Hurricane Electric certification program. However I lost momentum because then I was stuck. Our main providers did not support IPv6 (BTNet, 123-reg, Rackspace being the main ones) so I could not get direct IPv6 connectivity for any of our systems. Using a tunnel would have worked but did not seem right for productions systems.

However after hearing about the world IPv6 launch day being planned for 6th June this year I've had another look and things are looking a lot more workable. Good news since RIPE is due to run out of IP address blocks for Europe in about 164 days.

Rackspace are supporting IPv6 on most of their services if you put in a request.

BT plan to launch a full standardised IPv6 support in early 2012 - I have fired off an email to my account manager to see if there is any firmer dates.

123-Reg now support IPv6 AAAA records via their web based DNS management and even IPv6 glue for domains - however you need to raise a support request for DNS glue.

Given that service providers seem to actually support IPv6 now, and with at least Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Bing planning to turn IPv6 on permanently from 6th June we seem to be approaching the point where having IPv6 connectivity is both possible and usable. How long before IPv4 starts to have noticeable problems for end users is another question but since it will happen eventually I'm happy to get started as soon as possible. Its going to be a fun challenge to get my teeth into as soon as BT start assigning subnets.

1 comment:

  1. If you have any difficulty with getting IPv6 AAAA glue records via 123-Reg, it is worth persisting.

    This morning I asked for the AAAA glue records to be added, and received a response saying they didn't do them. I followed it up with a link to their web page pointing out where they said they do provide IPv6 glue records, again asking that the AAAA records be added. This was more successful, but 123-reg REPLACED my A glue records with the AAAA records. A further request to support requesting both the A and AAAA records was at last successful.