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Hurricane Electric Reports that Ten Percent of the Public Internet's Routable Core Networks Support IPv6
[June 03, 2011]

Hurricane Electric Reports that Ten Percent of the Public Internet's Routable Core Networks Support IPv6

FREMONT, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

Hurricane Electric, the world's largest IPv6-native Internet backbone and colocation provider, today announced that ten percent of the global Internet's Autonomous Systems (core networks that support the Border Gateway Protocol) are fully IPv6 enabled.

Hurricane Electric (News - Alert) also reports that 50% of well-connected service providers are IPv6 enabled.

"The IPv6 train has left the station," said Mike Leber, President of Hurricane Electric. "We're pleased to see that global IPv6 adoption is on the rise, and I urge every ISP and enterprise to move forward with their IPv6 transition. Enterprises that delay the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 will eventually experience connectivity-related issues and financial losses."

In February, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) announced that it had distributed the last five blocks of IPv4 addresses to the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). In April, the Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC) ran out of conventionally allocated IPv4 addresses. APNIC's American counterpart, the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN (News - Alert)), will likely see its supply of IPv4 addresses exhausted in October of 2011.

IPv6 has tremendous long-term benefits and the ROI is strong now. According to a US Commerce Department study, ongoing benefits to the global economy of $10 billion/year will result from IPv6 adoption. In addition, IPv6 also offers a number of other benefits including increased address space, improved network-layer security and simplified network configuration.

A leader in IPv6 for over a decade, Hurricane Electric offers free IPv6 certification, DNS services and tunnel broker services. In March, Hurricane Electric formed a Professional Services Division to help enterprises cost-effectively prepare the transition to IPv6.

About Hurricane Electric

Hurricane Electric operates its own global IPv4 and IPv6 network and is considered the largest IPv6 backbone in the world as measured by number of networks connected. Within its global network, Hurricane Electric has 45 major exchange points with connectivity to more than 1,700 different networks. Employing a resilient fiber-optic topology, Hurricane Electric has no less than four redundant paths crossing North America, two separate paths between the U.S. and Europe, and rings in Europe and Asia. In addition to its vast global network, Hurricane Electric owns and operates two data centers in Fremont, California - including Fremont2, its newest 200,000 square-foot facility. Hurricane Electric offers IPv4 and IPv6 transit solutions over the same connection at speeds exceeding 10 Gbps.

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