Where are the Web Giants on IPv6?
The biggest Web sites are being pressured to offer IPv6-enabled Web content.
From eBay to Twitter, few Web giants are IPv6-ready for when ISPs start giving IPv6 addresses. Most are still working on a plan that is currently in varying stages of testing. According to this round-up of progress on Network World, Google already offers IPv6 access on its main search service and many other popular Web services, eBay is running IPv6 in its lab, and Microsoft is engaged in IPv6 peering arrangements with at least nine carriers worldwide.
"IPv6-enabled Web content is 'one of the things we need to have,' says Timothy Winters, a senior manager at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), which provides IPv6 product testing. 'As all of these LTE and wireless broadband networks go to IPv6, the content providers have no choice but to create mobile content and make it IPv6 aware.'
"Winters said Comcast's recent announcement that it is running IPv6 trials is another sign that it's time for popular Web sites to support IPv6."