– IPv6 enabled on www.iedr.ie –
The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland’s official internet address .ie, today took part in a global scale test of IPv6, sponsored by the Internet Society. IEDR joined Google, Facebook, Yahoo, HEAnet and other major organisations in enabling their online services on IPv6 for a 24 hour ‘Test Flight’.
The goal of World IPv6 Day is to motivate key stakeholder organisations in the global Internet community to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out. IPv6 provides over four billion Internet addresses and while it is already being used extensively in many large networks it has yet to be enabled on a global scale.
It is hoped that World IPv6 Day will act as a focal point to bring existing efforts together. Stakeholders from all parts of the Internet industry are being encouraged to work towards the goal of enabling IPv6 at a large scale with minimal disruption. This ‘Test Flight’ will allow ISPs, web site operators, OS manufacturers, and equipment vendors to test for, and address, any potential problems such as IPv6 errors in home networks and incomplete IPv6 interconnection.
IEDR has taken a proactive approach to the deployment of IPv6 since 2004, when the Registry was one of the first countries in the world to deploy IPv6 name service. That programme enabled early adopters of IPv6 to look up the DNS information of .ie domains using the IPv6 protocol. Additionally IEDR has participated in the Irish IPv6 Taskforce since its inception in 2004.
IEDR’s participation in the World IPv6 ‘Test Flight’ was led by their Technical Services Team who enabled IPv6 for www.iedr.ie , tech.iedr.ie and statistics.domainregistry.ie for the duration of World IPv6 day. Commenting on the initiative, Mr. David Curtin, Chief Executive of the IE Domain Registry, said “World IPv6 Day is an important project in the rollout of IPv6 services across the Internet. It will help to raise the awareness of the necessary procedures in the changeover process while also allowing companies who are currently deploying such services to test their infrastructure to ensure compatibility. “