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Live Measurements For World IPv6 Day Now Available

Today is World IPv6 Day, when some of the biggest names in technology will be testing their readiness for the IPv6 protocol over 24 hours in order to make sure they can make the transition from IPv4 without any issues.

Not For Profit Organisation RIPE NCC has put forward an interesting series of charts and tools (opens in new tab) which provides regular updates as to whether participating websites have been implementing IPv6 correctly or not. At the time of writing 54 participants from 40 vantage points had been monitored with nearly five milion measurements taken.

How ready are the companies? A quick HTTP map published by RIPE NCC shows that even Google has had some HTTP failures in Italy, United Kingdom and Mauritania.

Daniel Karrenberg, chief scientist at RIPE NCC, explained "Operational experience and measurements on World IPv6 Day will help content providers and ISPs to identify and rectify any potential problems with delivering services over IPv6."

Amongst the participants, it's worth noting the conspicuous absence of Apple and Amazon, two of the biggest names in technology worldwide. Both are likely to have implemented IPv6 across their infrastructure but have possibly declined to take part.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.