World IPv6 Day A Success As Vint Cerf Talks IPv6 To PBS NewsHour

Around 1000 of the top websites and top internet services providers around the world worked together to stage a successful World IPv6 Day this week.

By providing a coordinated 24-hour “test flight”, the event on Wednesday helped demonstrate that major websites around the world are well-positioned for the move to a global IPv6-enabled internet, enabling its continued exponential growth.

Some of those companies participating were Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Akamai, and Limelight Networks with the consensus being the day was a success.

Google, commenting on its blog, said “The test flight was a success. World IPv6 Day is over, and IPv6 access to Google services remains enabled only for users in the Google over IPv6 program.”

Google claimed to carry about 65 per cent more IPv6 traffic than usual and saw no significant issues and did not have to disable IPv6 access for any networks or services. Over the next few weeks they will be working together with the other participants to analyse the data collected, but, at least on the surface, Google believes the first global test of IPv6 passed without incident.

During World IPv6 Day organised by the Internet Society, nearly 400 participating organisations enabled IPv6 on their main services for 24 hours on the day. The importance of the event was due to IPv4 addresses running out this year, so 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 came 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.

A key goal of World IPv6 Day was to expose potential issues with real-world IPv6 use under controlled conditions. Given the diversity of technology that powers the Internet, the global nature of the trial was crucial to identify unforeseen problems. The vast majority of users were able to access services as usual, but in rare cases, users experienced impaired access to participating websites during the trial.

Also speaking about IPv6 was Vint Cerf, considered a father of the internet, former chair of ICANN and now Google vice president and “Chief Internet Evangelist.”. In an interview with America’s PBS network, Cerf said the good news is the internet is not going to melt down.

In the PBS NewsHour interview, Cerf was asked a few questions:

When you started this experiment back in the 1970s, what were you trying to build?

4.3 billion IP addresses? Just how big is that?

So far today, have you seen any red flags or concerns?

The full story and video links for the Vint Cerf interview are available from:
www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/science/jan-june11/vintcerf_06-08.html