(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Limelight Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:LLNW) (“Limelight”) today announced that Limelight will participate in World IPv6 Day on June 8, 2011, the first global-scale trial of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6, being organized by the Internet Society. More than 400 participating organizations from every part of the globe will enable IPv6 on their main services for 24 hours to test the next generation protocol. Limelight Networks provides delivery services for the ISOC World IPv6 Day website, including its
“The amazing response to World IPv6 Day globally is extremely encouraging and demonstrates the growing momentum behind deploying IPv6,” said Leslie Daigle, Chief Internet Technology Officer for the Internet Society. “Limelight’s participation in World IPv6 Day is one step toward ensuring that the global Internet can continue to grow and provide services at scale for the demands of a global population that has come to expect the Internet to serve as the innovation platform for communication and collaboration for all.”
Industry leaders are working to accelerate global IPv6 deployment and test the new protocol as the world consumes the rapidly dwindling supply of IPv4 addresses. World IPv6 Day participants–Internet service providers, hardware manufacturers, operating system vendors and other web companies–are coming together to help motivate organizations across the industry to prepare for the IPv6 transition.
“As a world leader in content delivery services, Limelight is taking a leading role to provide IPv6 services globally,” said Nathan Raciborski, Limelight Chief Technology Officer. “Limelight IPv6 services are available today from any and all Limelight delivery locations around the world. World IPv6 Day will help Limelight and content providers test the promise of IPv6 to deliver brilliant experiences to billions of connected users and devices worldwide.”
The rapid expansion of the number of people, connected devices and web services on the Internet resulted in a shortage of IPv4 addresses. IPv4 has approximately four billion IP addresses (the sequence of numbers assigned to each Internet-connected device). IPv6, the next-generation Internet protocol, expands the number of IP addresses available–over four billion times more–and will connect the billions of people and connected devices not connected, today and into the future.