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November 28, 2012

Zvelo Upgrades End to End Network Infrastructure to Support IPv6

By Shankar Pandiath, TMCnet Contributor

Touted as a provider of URL database solutions and dynamic Web content categorization to OEMs, zvelo, Inc., recently revealed that it has upgraded its advanced network infrastructure to support IPv6 and effective categorization of IPv6 addresses.

With the recent news that RIPE, an European Internet Authority, is ready to block its last IPv4 addresses it has escalated the significance of supporting IPv6 all the more. In a span of few years, IPv4 addresses are expected to become exceptionally expensive and it will become impossible for new businesses to acquire it or to expand the base of service providers. Such new service providers are expected to start using IPv6 wherever possible, freeing up the space of scarce IPv4 addresses for the important users.

 This type of support move has already been witnessed in the market.  In fact, IPv6 has already been supported by network equipment and operating systems for several years. It is now time for library, application, and service providers to support IPv6 too. Earlier this year, zvelo discussed the challenges of supporting IPv6, and also provided examples of certain IPv6 malware that service providers may encounter in the future. However, despite the intricacy in supporting IPv6, it is fast becoming more of a necessity, especially because of IPv4 scarcity and rising prices. Software applications, which use third party components, may not be able to support IPv6 unless the components support it. Hence, software services and components that do not support IPv6 will certainly hold back their users and will be replaced with components that accept IPv6. 

zvelo is among the software providers who made the commitment to support IPv6 so that its technology partners would not be held back in terms of accuracy and Web coverage. The company achieved remarkable results following extensive internal testing after which it added support for IPv6 to its dynamic Web content categorization services. By supporting IPv6, zvelo can now power:

  • The AI-based categorization engine to access websites via their IPv6 addresses
  • On-disk zveloDB library and cloud services can support IPv6 address lookups
  • URL databases can record IPv6 DNS for IPv6 reverse lookups
  • All cloud systems are upgraded to support both IPv6 and IPv4 addresses

“Our dynamic Web content categorization software is integrated into numerous real-world applications, such as web content filtering, anti-virus, ad attribution and other network security services," stated David Duncan, vice-president of Engineering for zvelo, in a statement. "The global industry move to support IPv6 is well underway and we feel compelled to stay ahead of that trend for the benefit of our partners,” he adds.

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Edited by Jamie Epstein
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