[AfrICANN-discuss] Hundreds of websites to participate in global "test flight" on 8 June 2011

Dawit Bekele bekele at isoc.org
Tue Jun 7 13:32:14 SAST 2011

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND and RESTON, VIRGINIA, USA - 1 June 2011 - Hundreds of
websites and Internet service providers around the world are joining
Facebook, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM),
Limelight Networks (NASDAQ: LLNW) as participants in World IPv6 Day for the
first global-scale trial of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6, being organized
by the Internet Society.


During World IPv6 Day on 8 June 2011, more than 225 participating
organizations from every part of the globe will enable IPv6 on their main
services for 24 hours. With IPv4 addresses running out this year, the
industry must act quickly to accelerate full IPv6 adoption or risk increased
costs and limited functionality online for Internet users everywhere. World
IPv6 Day participants are coming together to help motivate organizations
across the industry--Internet service providers, hardware manufacturers,
operating system vendors and other web companies--to prepare their services
for the transition.


"The building interest in and amazing response to World IPv6 Day around the
world is extremely encouraging, and highlights the growing momentum behind
deploying IPv6," said Leslie Daigle, Chief Internet Technology Officer for
the Internet Society. "We see this test flight as an important step towards
ensuring the global Internet can continue to grow and evolve so that it can
connect billions of new users and devices."


Facebook has long been preparing for World IPv6 Day and will be monitoring
all aspects of its infrastructure. "We need to find solutions as an industry
to accelerate global adoption of IPv6," said Jay Parikh, director of
engineering at Facebook. "Participating in World IPv6 Day enables us to gain
valuable insights about potential IPv6 issues and how we as an industry can
address them. We're working together with our peers to keep the Internet
open and make sure all computers and devices stay connected."


"Akamai is committed to helping our customers and network partners with a
smooth transition to IPv6," said Harald Prokop, senior vice president of
Engineering at Akamai Technologies, Inc.  "Over 30 of our customers from
around the globe have opted in to our IPv6 technology preview, and will be
participating in World IPv6 Day. Akamai's goal is to help enable content
providers to deliver an exceptional end-user experience over IPv6 without
requiring disruptive changes to their origin networking infrastructure. We
applaud the awareness that the Internet Society has created around this
'test flight.'" On World IPv6 Day, Akamai will provide a real-time view of
IPv6 traffic served via its global platform at www.akamai.com/ipv6. 


Erik Kline, IPv6 Software Engineer at Google said, "We've been working to
make Google services publicly accessible over IPv6 since 2008, because we
believe it's critical to the long-term prosperity of the open Internet. We
are happy to be joining hundreds of participants around the world for this
important transition, and to share in the enthusiasm to help IPv6 succeed." 


"Enabling IPv6 is like moving from a 10-digit phone number to a 38-digit
phone number," said Adam Bechtel, VP of Infrastructure Engineering at
Yahoo!.  "Some computers will have trouble dialing the new 38-digit numbers.
World IPv6 Day will shed light on how these misdials occur."


Tom Coffeen, Director of Global Network Architecture for Limelight Networks
said, "On World IPv6 Day, Limelight and our customers will present a
snapshot of the Internet of the future: end-to-end delivery of rich media
and web applications streamed over IPv6 to a multitude of devices, with user
experiences as brilliant as--or better than--today's IPv4 services. More
than just a beta solution, Limelight's IPv6 services are available today
from any and all of our PoPs around the world, and so we are pleased to work
with the Internet Society to take an active role in this important 'test
flight' of the Internet of tomorrow."


One of the goals of World IPv6 Day is to expose potential issues under
controlled conditions and address them as soon as possible. Given the
diversity of technology that powers the Internet, the global nature of the
trial is crucial to identify unforeseen problems. The vast majority of users
should be able to access services as usual, but in rare cases, misconfigured
or misbehaving network equipment, particularly in home networks, may impair
access to participating websites during the trial. Current estimates are
that 99.95% of users will experience no problems connecting to web services
on IPv6 Day, and participating organizations will be working together with
operating system manufacturers, home router vendors and ISPs to minimize the
number of users affected.


The Internet Society is supporting World IPv6 Day as part of its efforts to
accelerate IPv6 deployment. IPv6, the successor to the protocol currently
used on the Internet, was designed in the late 1990s but has not seen
deployment on a global scale. With IPv4 address space running out, the
industry cannot afford to wait much longer. 


For more information about World IPv6 Day, a complete list of participants,
information about how to get involved, links to useful information for
users, and a real-time dashboard, visit:




About the need for IPv6

IPv4 has approximately four billion IP addresses (the sequence of numbers
assigned to each Internet-connected device). The explosion in the number of
people, devices and web services on the Internet means that IPv4 is running
out of space. IPv6, the next-generation Internet protocol, which provides
over four billion times more space, will connect the billions of people not
connected today and will help ensure the Internet can continue its current
growth rate.


About the Internet Society

The Internet Society is the world's trusted independent source of leadership
for Internet policy, technology standards and future development. Based on
its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet
Society works with its members and Chapters around the world to promote the
continued evolution and growth of the open Internet through dialog among
companies, governments, and other organizations around the world. See


For Reference:

Internet Society

Greg Wood

wood at isoc.org



Young, Jeffrey

jyoung at akamai.com



Nisha Gulati

ngulati at fb.com



Jake Hubert

jakehubert at google.com


Limelight Networks

Leah Gladu

lgladu at llnw.com



Christina Scharrenberg

cscharr at yahoo-inc.com




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