Host.net to Issue Customers IPv6 Addresses

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Host.net, a multinational provider of network infrastructure services has announced today that it is issuing all of its customers Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) addresses so they can immediately start the design, test and implementation of their IPv6 deployment strategy at their own pace. This is a fairly unique method of deployment, as most providers require their customers to request IP space from them. However, due to the unpredictability of Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) address exhaustion, Host.net is being extremely aggressive in moving this process forward.

Over the next few weeks, Host.net customers will receive a notice with Host.net’s IPv6 assignment policy and their respective IPv6 allocation. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority has reported the public pool of available IPv4 address space is rapidly dwindling. The transition to IPv6 was intended to be a gradual process taking 3-4 years; however, some estimates predict this will happen by late 2011, much sooner than originally anticipated.

“We’re happy to help our customers ensure a smooth transition from IPv4 to IPv6,” said Roger Barranco, Host.net’s Chief Technology Officer & Vice President of Operations. “The shrinking number of available IPv4 addresses is affecting everybody in the technology sector, and we’re taking a proactive approach so our customers can continue operating without interruption.”

World IPv6 Day, which will be held June 8, demonstrates the significance of these developments. It is a day designed for organizations in the technology industry to offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour period to prepare their systems and help ensure a successful eventual transition as IPv4 addresses run out. Many Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and Web companies will participate in this “test flight,” including Google, Facebook and Yahoo!.

A goal of World IPv6 Day is to expose and address potential issues under controlled conditions. Most users should be able to access Internet services as usual, but in rare cases, misconfigured network equipment may impair access to participating websites during the test day.

Host.net continues to be the leader in customer service and technology as its cloud computing/enterprise virtual services (including enterprise virtual server & storage, remote site replication of virtual machines and data backup & recovery) are fully compliant with the new IPv6 protocols. Host.net will be providing its customers with IPv6 address space this summer. This is only possible due to the fact the Host.net network is fully compatible with IPv6.
About Host.net

Host.net is a multinational provider of network infrastructure services focusing on colocation, cloud computing and network transport & transit for enterprise, government, educational, medical and wholesale carrier customers. The company operates an extensive fiber-optic backbone delivering Internet, MPLS and layer 2 communications using a wide array of last-mile options, plus multiple data centers encompassing nearly 45,000 square feet of enterprise-class space. It serves customers in most major metropolitan regions of North America as well as portions of Europe. Founded in 1996, Host.net is headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla.

For more information about Host.net, visit http://www.host.net.

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