Just in time for summer – IPv6 is heating up

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Just last week was the second anniversary of the World IPv6 Launch, and the Internet Society published some interesting and useful information in celebration of this milestone—everything from an infographic to IPv6 case studies. But that isn’t the only milestone event that is contributing to the rising interest in IPv6. This week we also got word from our region to the south that LACNIC reached their final /10 of IPv4 address space on Tuesday, marking the exhaustion of addresses in their region.

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Top 3 reasons PR pros need to know about IPv6

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Not a lot people outside of the technical community are aware that the Internet is undergoing one of its most important evolutions to date. To put it simply, the Internet as we know it will soon be a thing of the past. The pool of available IPv4 addresses has just about run dry and once they are gone, the old Internet will replaced by a new network based on a new protocol: IPv6. This change will have a massive impact on public relations professionals who increasingly rely on data to track campaign performance, conversions and website traffic.

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IPv6 Addressing Tips

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Ross Chandler, Principal Network Architect of IP network evolution at Eircom/Meteor, shares a few tips on working with IPv6 from his own experience. The bottom line? You can do this! The most significant changes with IPv6 are: vastly more addresses and the way the extra bits are used. Here are a few practical tips for when you’re adding IPv6 to your network and connected devices. Don’t stress about the length of IPv6 addresses.

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ARIN Reaches Final /8 of IPv4 Address Space

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On 23 April 2014, ARIN’s IPv4 address inventory dropped to 1.00 /8 (the equivalent of 16,777,216 addresses) which triggered the final phase of our IPv4 Countdown Plan. Read the official ARIN announcement on this milestone. What is the answer to IPv4 depletion? IPv4 depletion should come as no surprise to anyone and clearly underscores the need for IPv6. The sheer size of the IPv6 address pool will more than meet the needs of the growing Internet now, and well into the future.

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Interop Las Vegas: Doubling Down on IPv6

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Last week, we carved out a corner of the Interop Las Vegas expo floor for any attendees with questions about IPv4, IPv6, ARIN technical services, and so forth. To our delight, we were flooded from start to finish with all manner of organizations from across the region, and questions on nearly every topic! The biggest topic, of course, is IPv6 adoption. More organizations asked us about how to get IPv6 deployed than ever before, and with good reason.

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Building a High-Availability PostgreSQL Cluster at ARIN

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ARIN is a small organization with a big job. ARIN keeps track of IP addresses and Autonomous system numbers for both North America and parts of the Caribbean. This information is kept in a high-availability database that is core to ARIN’s services . This database is known as Jon Postel’s notebook, in tribute to Dr. Jon Postel who was one of the early luminaries of the Internet and who had the first job to keep track of names and numbers.

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Globalization of the IANA Functions Contract Explained

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You have probably heard some buzz lately about a recent announcement from the U.S. government about plans to transition oversight of the IANA functions contract to the global multistakeholder community. Headlines in the news have ranged from U.S. to relinquish remaining control over the Internet to The Internet Is About to Take Its Next Giant Evolutionary Leap. Let’s take a look at what is really happening.

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A Process of Refining Policies

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The Atlanta PPC was a good example of the how the ARIN policy process works, it is a process of refinement. Proposals and draft policies go through multiple reviews and revisions before being accepted as Policy and added to the Number Resource Policy Manual (NRPM) or abandoned along the way.

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Still Testing in Production? Now You Can Test Your Code in ARIN’s OT&E

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ARIN has developed some very helpful tools to help users learn about, request, and manage IP addresses and Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs) over the years. Our customers rely on things like ARIN Online and the Whois directory service to manage and monitor the resources their organizations hold. If your job entails keeping Internet number resource records up-to-date, you have most likely used these tools as well, perhaps even multiple times a day.

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Follow the Policy Path from Proposal to Adoption

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Today we will discuss eight draft policies, one recommended draft policy, and three policy proposals – and the success of each will be determined by the outcome of ARIN’s policy process. It can be difficult to follow what all the terms we use to describe the different steps in our Policy Development Process (PDP), so I’m going to try to help break down all these variations for you so you will know exactly what we’re talking about when we say “draft policy” versus “recommended draft policy” and so on.

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