easyDNS and IPv6 Deployment

We’re getting a lot of questions on this, and you may find this hard to believe but it seems like some people are getting stirred up by the media  reports on  the imminent IPv4 depletion.

IPv4 depletion isn’t as huge a deal as some media outlets make it out to be. It’s not like peak oil, or the ozone layer, or Dec 21st 2012 or anything like that. Your web host or your DNS provider do not “burn through” a /24 of IPv4 every day and when the address space runs out, we’ll all start going dark and falling off the internet like a city running out of power. It doesn’t happen like that.

It just means that going forward, internet development and deployment will start having to occur over IPv6. (Remember when you stopped buying music on CD’s and all of the sudden you had an iPod? It’ll be something like that. Your CD player still works. It still plays CD’s.)

IPv6 Deployment at easyDNS

  • We are about to add IPv6 transit to a new nameserver we’ll be announcing next week: dns3.easydns.ca (which will be added to DNS hosting service on the new platform) and dns3.easydns.org, which is an Enterprise-level nameserver on the new platform.
  • We are waiting for our transit provider to  finish some upgrades to enable IPv6 transport on dns1.easydns.com
  • We have no ETA on IPv6 on dns2.easydns.net
  • We are adding a new nameserver to the Enterprise DNS level: dns4.easydns.info, which will deploy with IPv6 transit.
  • Suffice it so say, 2/4 anycast constellations will have IPv6 within the next week or so, and then 3/4 by the end of winter 2011.
  • We hope to have IPv6 transport to the website and associated services by the summer (maybe in time for world IPv6 day on June 8th? That would be neat).
  • We have been assigned a /48 IPv6 addresses for our future deployment. We are thinking of giving out a  couple billion IPv6 addresses with every domain registration. What do you think?
  • We still have room to grow under IPv4, lots of it, as we were assigned a /20 by Arin last year, which is 16 network blocks of 256 addresses each.

To emphasize, the while the cutover from IPv4 to IPv6 poses technical hurdles and challenges, it does not imply some kind of “drop dead date” or catastrophic stoppage owing to IPv4 depletion.