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Verisign signs on for upcoming 24-hour IPv6 trial

Carolyn Duffy Marsan | March 18, 2011
More than 80 Web site operators will participate in World IPv6 Day test in June

Akamai, which was one of the first companies to sign up for World IPv6 Day, said the event is driving demand for its new IPv6-to-IPv4 translation service, which is in beta production mode with several public sector and high-tech customers of its content delivery network services.

"The interest in our IPv6 technology preview has been fantastic; we have more customers than we anticipated," said Andy Champagne, vice president of engineering at Akamai. "World IPv6 Day in June has been a huge pivot point for us. We're enabling a lot of our customers to participate in that. We will have a commercial service capability out that allows them to participate in World IPv6 Day with minimal changes to the infrastructure on their end."

One segment of network operators that is lagging in signing up for World IPv6 Day is U.S. universities, particularly those that offer top computer science programs. Only two top-tier computer science schools -- Harvard and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute -- have joined the World IPv6 Day effort.

Professor Ed Lazowska, the Bill & Melinda Gates chairman in computer science and engineering at the University of Washington, said security issues were preventing the university from supporting IPv6 on its public-facing Web sites and services at this time. "I'm told there are a set of security issues that are pacing the IPv6 rollout, related to the readiness of various vendors' equipment upon which we rely," Lazowska said. "Things will be ready when they need to be ready," he added.


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