A Dozen New POPs in 6 months (January to June, 2016)

We’ve added a dozen new global Points of Presence (POPs) to our global IP Transit network in the first six months of 2016 — with more coming soon!

  1. July 18: Teraco, Johannesburg, South Africa — our fifth continent!
  2. June 19: Interxion, Brussels/Zaventum, Belgium
  3. June 13: Neutral Path, Belle Plaine, Minnesota
  4. June  6: Chief Telecom LY, Taipei, Taiwan
  5. May 27: ACT, Cheyenne, Wyoming
  6. May 16: LuxConnect, Bettembourg, Luxembourg
  7. Feb 22: Equinix SP2, Sao Paulo, Brazil — our fourth continent!
  8. Feb 15: Itconic, Lisbon, Portugal
  9. Feb  8: Elion/Eesti Telecom, Tallinn, Estonia
  10. Feb  1: Data Logistics Ctr, Vilnius, Lithuania
  11. Jan 25: DR Fortress, Honolulu, Hawaii
  12. Jan 20: LVRTC, Riga, Latvia
  13. Jan 14: Digita DC, Helsinki, Finland

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Interview with the 5000th IPv6 Sage

Last week, Hurricane Electric was happy to accredit the 5000th IPv6 Sage. We have long anticipated reaching this milestone, and given that Sages currently represent 104 countries around the world, we were curious to see who the 5000th Sage was and which country he/she was from.

Without further ado, it is our pleasure to introduce you to Daniel Harzenmoser, the 5000th person to achieve the rank of Sage at Hurricane Electric IPv6 certification. Daniel hails from Switzerland, a fact which shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Switzerland ranks 9th among other European countries for IPv6 Sages and 13th worldwide with 93 total Sages.

A few days back, Hurricane Electric had a chance to catch up with the 5000th Sage and ask him some questions. Here’s what Daniel had to say about the certification.

Hurricane Electric (HE): Congratulations on getting to Sage and thank you for agreeing to answer a few questions.
Daniel Harzenmoser (DH): I will try to answer them. It was a lot of effort for me to achieve the Sage level, so why shouldn’t I answer a few more questions? 🙂

HE: Why did you start thinking about IPv6?
DH: I was already thinking about IPv6 some years ago, when it became obvious that IPv4 address space would run out in due course.

HE: How did you hear about Hurricane Electric’s IPv6 Certification?
DH: A friend of mine told me about June 6th, the day of IPv6 World Launch, and that HE’s certification achievement gets you an IPv6 t-shirt.

HE: How much time did it take you to complete the certification?
DH: About 8 hours over 2-3 weeks’ time.

HE: Did you need to use any other resources from Hurricane Electric to complete the certification?
DH: Yes, the free DNS and the IPv6 Tunnel Broker.

HE: Do you know any other IPv6 Sages?
DH: Good question… Just the friend who told me about the t-shirt and IPv6 World Launch.

HE: What advice would you give to someone starting out with IPv6?
DH: Patience, perseverance, and an appropriate router (and any accompanying software).

HE: Would you recommend the certification to friends/colleagues?
DH: Of course!

HE: What is your next challenge/lesson/certification to take on?
DH: Swiss “Amateur Funklizenz” to be capable of further experiments in data communications.

HE: What could we change, add, or take out of the IPv6 certification?
DH: Leave it as it is … it is almost perfect.

HE: Do you have any favorite networking/geek jokes to share with us?
DH: “Unix is user-friendly, it’s just picky about its friends.”

A big thank you to Daniel Harzenmoser for chatting with us about the certification. For those of you who haven’t yet reached Sage or who have friends and colleagues who might be interested, we hope Daniel’s story motivates you to try the IPv6 certification. We wish you all good luck and we look forward to accrediting the next 5000 IPv6 Sages.

Hurricane Electric IPv6 Gear

As soon as we started giving away t-shirts to all of our Hurricane Electric IPv6 Sages, they became a sort of badge of honor for the thousands of Sages who have received them so far.

The Sage shirts are free, but they don’t come easy.  The IPv6 certification is designed not just for theoretical but practical knowledge and use of IPv6.  For that reason, you won’t be able to purchase an IPv6 Sage t-shirt.

However, you’re now able to obtain a few other items to express your love of IPv6 knowledge at the Hurricane Electric IPv6 store by CafePress.

You never know what sort of conversations some IPv6 gear will start up.  For all current IPv6 Sages, consider it an extension of the free t-shirt you’ve already earned.  To all of the future Hurricane Electric Sages, we hope some IPv6 gear will be the stimulus you need to get out there and attain your certification.

At the very least, it’s one more way to share in the growing deployment of the new principal communications protocol for the global Internet.

World IPv6 Day

On January 12, 2011, the Internet Society put out a press release formally describing what will be a big step for many in the networking community: a global-scale trial of IPv6 in which participants enable the new protocol on their main services for 24 hours.  The trial will encourage collaboration within all realms of the technical community, bringing the industry together to test IPv6 readiness for all the billions of web-connected devices.

IPv6 was first deployed on Hurricane Electric’s Internet backbone in 2001; our main site and services are dual stacked and have been for years.  HE still realizes the value of participating in and promoting World IPv6 Day.  On January 27, 2011, Hurricane Electric President Mike Leber and Director of IPv6 Strategy Martin Levy published a letter to HE customers, partners, and other network managers.

The content of the letter is reprinted in this blog post; the original can be downloaded in .pdf form from our main site.

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Jan 27, 2011

An Open letter to Hurricane Electric Customers, Partners and Managers of Interconnected Networks:
World IPv6 Day and Hurricane Electric


IPv6 must be a top priority in 2011 for two very important reasons:

1) Exhaustion of the IPv4 address space is imminent. IANA run out is projected to occur in the next few weeks, and exhaustion at the RIR level will inevitably follow quite soon in some regions.

2) June 8th, 2011 is designated as World IPv6 Day. As described in the ISOC press release and covered by the popular press, World IPv6 Day is a global 24-hour test drive of IPv6. It provides a logical target date for 100% IPv6 adoption within enterprises and an ideal real-world environment for testing end-to-end IPv6 connectivity and performance.

In short, the time to adopt IPv6 is now.

Hurricane Electric has operated an IPv4/IPv6 backbone for nearly ten years. As we approach World IPv6 Day, let us unequivocally state that Hurricane Electric’s backbone is ready for IPv6.

Please take a moment to review the information below about the Hurricane Electric backbone, its interconnections with other backbones, and transition technologies such as tunnelbroker.net, 6to4 and Teredo.

The Backbone

The Hurricane Electric backbone is a native network with all links operating with native IPv4 and IPv6 links. Our solid infrastructure routes and transports IPv6 by leveraging modern ASIC-based networking hardware and firmware written to ensure both protocols are supported in lockstep. In other words, IPv4 and IPv6 packets flow with equal agility.

Today, we have enormous IPv4 traffic levels and quickly increasing IPv6 traffic levels. If the tables were turned and IPv6 traffic levels spiked, packets would continue to flow across the backbone unhindered. At Hurricane Electric, our attitude toward increased IPv6 traffic can be summed up thusly: bring it on!

The Interconnects

All interconnects between our backbone and other key backbones are now native IPv6. This means that we can move IPv6 traffic at line-rate in-and-out of the network because every connection is capable of running IPv6 at full speed. Of course, interconnections are reciprocal arrangements, and we thank our interconnected partners for their skillful implementation of IPv6.

The Transition Technologies

Hurricane Electric deployed a variety of transition technologies around the globe – each plays a role in today’s Internet.

Tunnelbroker

Ten years ago, Hurricane Electric deployed tunnelbroker.net to provide IPv6 connectivity to distant end-users who lack a real IPv6 connection. Around the world, nearly 150,000 users have used this service – collectively spanning 178 countries. As a result, Hurricane Electric is proud to have enabled more IPv6 connectivity than any other global provider.

Our tunnelbroker.net service is a transitional edge-access technology. Once broadband and mobile networks fully enable IPv6, demand for the service will diminish.

6to4 and Teredo

Even though the vast majority of IPv6 traffic on Hurricane Electric’s backbone is native, Hurricane Electric sees over 10Gbps of 6to4 and Teredo traffic. 6to4 and Teredo exist and are needed in the real world. Many end users – especially on World IPv6 Day – will have IPv6 connectivity provided by one of these relay protocols.

Ignoring 6to4 and Teredo would be tantamount to throwing valid traffic into a black hole, and no amount of saying “these are evil protocols” will make them go away. In fact, what will make them go away (and diminish the relayed traffic levels) is the widespread implementation of IPv6 within broadband and end-user networks.

We expect relay traffic will continue to grow as we approach World IPv6 Day and spike on the day itself. To be ready, Hurricane Electric is increasing its 6to4 and Teredo deployment well beforehand.

Summary

We encourage all our customers (and our competitors, too) to participate in World IPv6 Day.  Please see ISOC’s webpage for details: http://isoc.org/wp/worldipv6day

Hurricane Electric’s services have been well tested – we are 100% ready. At Hurricane Electric, every day is an IPv6 day.

Mike Leber, President & Founder, Hurricane Electric
Martin J. Levy, Director of IPv6 Strategy, Hurricane Electric

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