Last year’s very successful global event for World IPv6 Day and the experience gained by many of the leading content providers and websites (For reference, please see my previous blog entries) has provided the impetus for this year’s follow-on event ‘World IPv6 Launch’ both sponsored by the Internet Society (ISOC).
This year’s participants are taking last year’s event to the next logical step by enabling IPv6 access permanently. More than 2000 websites, including Juniper.net, ISPs, and home router vendors from more than 100 countries have signed up to participate in the ‘World IPv6 Launch’ this coming Wednesday, June 6th
It was important for us here at Juniper to clearly understand and ensure IPv6 enabled visitors to our websites had a similar experience as IPv4 users. Our IT teams worked with the Juniper content delivery network providers and strategically set up ‘observation points’ in various geographies around the world. These extensive tests, gave us real world measurement of the user experience from all global regions, and the confidence to run IPv6 in parallel with IPv4; so much confidence in fact that we enabled IPv6 access over two weeks ago. The ‘Launch day’ looks to be another resounding success for ISOC; we will of course be monitoring here at Juniper closely and will report any untoward findings.
In future blog entries, I plan to share Juniper IT’s experiences and all the steps necessary to make our sites ready for the permanent launch of IPv6, please stay tuned. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to forward any implementation questions; I will try to answer as best I can in this forum.
Thanks, Alain Durand
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