OpenDNS launches a production-grade sandbox for IPv6 as a free service to encourage networking administrators to try out the next-generation Internet protocol.
DNS provider OpenDNS announced a free IPv6-based DNS sandbox for IT
professionals interested in experimenting with the next-generation Internet
free DNS recursive service supporting IPv6 will allow Internet users to pull up
IPv6 addresses by typing in the appropriate domain name, OpenDNS said May 2.
DNS was invented so people won't have to remember IP addresses, and that
capability becomes even more essential with the longer 128-bit IPv6 addresses,
David Ulevitch, OpenDNS CEO, told eWEEK.
free DNS service is a recursive sandbox for organizations and individuals
interested in testing out IPv6, Ulevitch said. The service will hopefully make
the eventual transition less intimidating. It's intended to show network
administrators that it's not that hard to deploy IPv6.
no financial angle. We just want to make it easier for people to use IPv6,"
Ulevitch said. Right now, even if computers are running IPv6, they are still
"speaking IPv4," as are most major Websites, Ulevitch said. People who want to
experiment with IPv6 have to encapsulate their traffic to get through DNS
servers. With the new free service from OpenDNS, people who want to reach
IPv6-only resources can do so.
users who think they are running IPv6 would fail the DNS server test if they
went to sites like test-ipv6.com to test their connection, according to
IPv6-only Websites comprise a "very, very small" portion of the Internet,
getting a DNS service that can communicate with those sites will help push more
traffic and resources to adopt IPv6, according to Ulevitch. A recent report
found that less than 1 percent of all Internet traffic was on
number of companies have been making an extra effort to introduce IPv6-ready
products or are adding new capabilities to the existing portfolio to make the
IPv6 migration less complicated and daunting. Infoblox
added new features to its network management tools to support DHCP and DNS64 to
handle IPv6 devices on May 3.
is rolling out the free service to its data centers supporting the east and
west coasts of North America and Europe. Its Asian data centers will support
the free service by the end of the week, and the remaining data centers will be
online shortly after, according to Ulevitch.
is focusing the initial launch in North America because it wants to help
increase the comfort level about IPv6 among North American customers. The
comfort level in Asia is generally much higher as the region has been making the
transition for a while now, so there's not really much "need for a sandbox"
amongst Asian customers, according to Ulevitch.
is offering the IPv6 DNS service now to help Website operators and corporate
network managers prepare for World IPv6 Day, a 24-hour test on June 8 where
Internet traffic would default to IPv6, Ulevitch said.
are switching to IPv6 because the Internet is running
out of IPv4
addresses. The free pool of unassigned IPv4 addresses was
depleted in February, and the regional Internet registry for the Asia-Pacific
region announced in April that it has doled out all but the last block of 16.7
million IPv4 addresses and will begin assigning IPv6 addresses. The last
block is being held in reserve for startup network operators.
has more than 20 million users globally, representing 1 percent of all Internet
users. The free service is popular with public school systems in the United
States, while corporations tend to use the paid enterprise version.
IPv6 addresses for the OpenDNS IPv6 DNS Sandbox are 2620:0:ccc::2 and