It’s time to act on IPv6

Posted on Jun 08 2011 by Guest | Comments Off on It’s time to act on IPv6
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As we celebrate World IPv6 Day today, we asked Iain Shaw, Managing Director of leading UK buying group Brigantia, what he thinks about the industry’s reluctant uptake of IPv6 and how this is likely to affect service and hardware resellers.

The end is nigh!

The last remaining IPv4 addresses have now been allocated to the five RIRs (Regional Internet Registries) and the world approaches the complete depletion of IPv4 within the next few years (if we are lucky) yet there still appears to be no rush by ISPs and hardware manufacturers to promote and fully adopt IPv6, the replacement for IPv4. Whilst providers and manufacturers are quite right in their defences to state that this latest news does not mean the apocalyptic end of the Internet, as was occasionally reported by the press, it is fair to say that now is the time to act. After all we have known that this day was coming for several years yet only a few ISPs such as Entanet are currently able to support IPv6 and only a few hardware vendors are offering affordable IPv6 compatible hardware.

Raúl Echeberría, Chairman of the Number Resource Organization (NRO), said: “Each RIR will have its final full /8 from IANA, plus any existing IP address holdings to distribute. Depending on address space requests received, this could last each RIR anywhere from a few weeks to many months. It’s only a matter of time before the RIRs and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) must start denying requests for IPv4 address space. Deploying IPv6 is now a requirement, not an option.”

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That was the year that was!

Posted on Dec 22 2010 by Elsa Chen | Comments Off on That was the year that was!

What an eventful year 2010 has proven to be! We saw a new coalition Government take power; we lost yet another World Cup; we saw a number of terrible natural disasters including the Haiti earthquake and the Pakistan floods; volcanic ash grounded our planes; students rioted over tuition fees; the iPhone 4 and iPad were launched; and the winter Olympics were held in Vancouver. But enough about all that – what happened in the Internet industry? Our recap of 2010 highlights some of the most topical issues that affected the industry this year.

Elsa Chen, General Manager

Elsa Chen, General Manager

The most controversial of them all
Let’s start with arguably the most controversial story of the year – the Digital Economy Bill. We started covering this highly controversial topic back in 2009 but during 2010 we saw this Bill become an Act (DEA) as it was hastily pushed through the pre-election wash-up, much to the dismay of its opponents, which include Entanet. However, there is some good news. A judicial review called for by BT and TalkTalk was granted in November and is expected to be held in April 2011.

Unsurprisingly, the DEA’s supporters are opposing the review and continue to insist that it is satisfactory. Just last week news broke that FAST (Federation Against Software Theft) has organised an event at the House of Commons on 12th January 2011 to ‘discuss’ the topics surrounding the DEA well before the full hearing is expected.

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Poll: Have you adopted IPv6 yet?

Posted on Dec 02 2010 by Claire Dutton-Merrills | 6 Comments
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In our latest IPv6 article, we discussed recent comments made by Vint Cerf, known to many as one of the ‘fathers of the Internet’, that the UK will run out of IPv4 addresses well before the end of 2011. We would like to know what you think about the UK’s apparent reluctance to adopt IPv6. Therefore, we have added a new poll to gain your feedback about IPv6 up-take. As well as taking part in our poll, you can also provide further feedback by emailing IPv6@enta.net, or alternatively leave a comment below.

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IPv6: Do or Die!

Posted on Nov 25 2010 by Steve Lalonde | 3 Comments

Vint Cerf, vice-president of Google who is known to many as one of the ‘fathers of the Internet’, declared at a 6UK launch event held in London recently that the UK will run out of IPv4 addresses well before the end of 2011. He said “There’s no question we’re going to be out of address space by springtime of 2011 [and], with more devices than ever set to join the Internet, such as mobile devices and the ‘Internet of things’, IPv6 will be critical to the future of the Internet.”

Steve Lalonde, Chief Technical Officer

Steve Lalonde, Chief Technical Officer

Internet Protocol version six (IPv6) is an Internet Protocol that was developed back in the 1990’s and is the next generation of Internet Protocol version four (IPv4). Whilst IPv4 uses a 32-bit system, IPv6 uses a 128-bit hexadecimal address that has the potential to make available 2128 individual addresses, which is roughly 340 trillion, trillion, trillion. It is thought that by the middle of next year, only 5% of unallocated IPv4 addresses will remain, at which point the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) will distribute the remaining addresses to the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs).

Cerf continued by sharing his beliefs that the UK has run out of time to address the problem: “it continues to boggle my mind that the UK hasn’t taken this up as an issue. People will ask why their new smart devices don’t work. All the promise and potential of these devices will fail if the ISPs don’t grasp this.”

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IPv6: Ready or not?

Posted on Jul 21 2009 by Neil Watson | 4 Comments
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Since 1984 IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4) addresses which consist of four groupings of numbers (e.g. 123.45.67.89) have been used to access the Internet. Twenty five years on and unsurprisingly the 4.3 billion addresses originally available are now running out with only an estimated 700,000 left. Previous estimates stated IPv4 addresses would be depleted by 2011 or 2012 but a more recent announcement from ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers) states this could be as soon as 2010.

Neil Watson, Technical Support Manager

Neil Watson, Technical Support Manager

The suggested replacement for IPv4 is IPv6 which provides infinitely more IP addresses due to their hexadecimal format, separated by colons e.g. 2ffe:1800:3525:3:200:f8ff:fe21:67cf. This is just as well, as the number of devices we use to access the Internet continues to increase.

Before we run out of IPv4 addresses completely (possibly as soon as next year), we really need to start implementing IPv6 ones. It’s just a matter of getting on and doing it!

It all sounds relatively straightforward, doesn’t it? Well you’d think so. The media and several leading Internet figures have expressed concerns that ISPs’ take up of IPv6 has been too slow and that unless adoption is accelerated we will have consumed all of the available IPv4 addresses before IPv6 is fully supported. In the worst case this would make it impossible for ISPs to accommodate any more subscribers. In reality IPv6 is already available and some ISPs are already utilising it, including Entanet. Whilst several of our competitors may not be implementing IPv6 just yet I find it hard to believe that any would be so negligent that they actually reach this crisis point without taking action. Nevertheless it is possible and if it does happen it will be you and your customers that will be affected.

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