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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Cloud Computing: Google, Facebook, Others Aim for Smooth Transition to IPv6



Google already supports IPv6 on most, if not all, of its products including Search, Docs, Maps and Gmail. IPv6 access to Search was enabled in 2008 and YouTube was added in 2010. Google engineers added IPv6 support as part of their "20 percent project," according to CNET.


The last thing America’s favorite social networking site wants is to be unavailable as ISPs start assigning customers IPv6 addresses, so the company has rolled out its IPv6 page with all the friends and apps content as the main site.

Verizon Wireless

Verizon recently expanded its capabilities to carry IPv6 traffic in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific, and has plans to expand services in Canada and Latin America. It will also be adding IPv6 capabilities on its virtual private network service, as well.


Brocade’s product lineup has been IPv6 ready "for a long time," according to Greg Hankins, senior solutions architect. All public-facing infrastructures with contents that interface with others outside the company, has supported the protocol since last year, he said.

Soft Layer Technologies

Instead of making a separate IPv6 site such as Google and Facebook did, SoftLayer, a cloud host provider, enabled IPv6 on its main domain and on all sub-sites.


What does it mean when a torrent site has an IPv6 version of its site before most major content providers? EZTV offers torrents of TV shows.


Apparently movies and TV won’t be affected by the transition as Netflix also rolled out its own IPv6-ready site early last year. The company chose to create a separate page in order to ensure the protocol doesn’t slow down the main page.


It was a bit of a surprise to find T-mobile’s IPv6 page considering that Verizon and AT&T have a bigger customer base and their sites aren’t fully ready yet. Adoption rates have been higher in Europe than in the United States, so perhaps T-mobile is following its European roots.

Scribd Document Sharing

Between Facebook, all of Google, movie and books, there’s a lot of content already on the IPv6 side of the Internet. Scribd, the document sharing site is also accessible at this time.


Aspiring chefs and budding gourmands can find some food content on the IPv6 side, with Recipesource serving up all its recipes. The cooking blog is also available.


Opera is one of the major browsers with an IPv6 site. Google’s Chrome page is IPv6-enabled, as are some of the Mozilla Foundation’s pages. Microsoft hasn’t publicly launched any of their pages yet, and the status of Apple’s Safari browser is unknown.

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