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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HURRICANE ELECTRIC ANNOUNCES IPv6 CONNECTIONS
Fremont, CA-Hurricane Electric, a leading Technical Service Provider,
has announced that it will begin offering native IPv6 connections, the
next generation Internet addressing protocol, to their customers, a
decision that was propelled by the dwindling number of existing IPv4
addresses in the market.
The American Registry of Internet Numbers, ARIN, has allocated Hurricane
Electric a /35 IPv6 address block, which is equal to 10 trillion
trillion addresses, making them one of only 16 companies in North
America to receive such an allotment.
IPv6 will also allow for better security and service over IPv4 with the
integration of IPsec and QoS into the protocol.
IPv4, which was deployed in 1981 to designate static numbers to networks
in the dawn of the Internet, only offers 4 billion addresses. The number
of available IPv4 addresses has drastically fallen due to new
developments, such as Internet capable PDA's and cell phones. Currently,
over half of all IPv4 addresses have already been allocated to companies
around the world.
With IPv6, the number of addresses drastically increases to over 340
trillion trillion trillion addresses, enough for each person in the
world to be allocated 1 billion personal IP addresses.
In the past few weeks, Hurricane Electric has offered a free tunnel
broker to the public through their website, http://ipv6tb.he.net, to
increase the use and progression of IPv6, a 128-bit addressing system
which, experts say, will eventually replace the current 32-bit
addressing system, IPv4.
With hundreds of users so far, Hurricane Electric's tunnel broker has
created a storm of IPv6 discussion and application. The tunnel broker
allows users to encapsulate an IPv6 packet into an IPv4 packet and
travel over existing routes, only to be delivered as an IPv6 packet at
its destination point.
Peering with over 30 autonomous systems in the 6bone, a test bed for
IPv6 development, Hurricane Electric has built a network of
international native IPv6 routes in order for their customers to access
the future of Internet addressing far ahead of other businesses.
Development of IPv6 has been pushed to the forefront in Europe and Asia,
which were allocated a far less number of IPv4 addresses than the United
States. Stanford University was allocated 17 million IPv4 addresses
while the entire Republic of China was only given 9 million addresses.
IPv6 will enable all devices, such as cell phones, PDA's, televisions,
and even refrigerators and other household appliances to have their own
IP address instead of sharing off of a larger network. Eventually, this
will make way for a refrigerator to automatically order groceries at any
given time from an online vendor.
According to experts from the 6bone, IPv6 and IPv4 will more than likely
coexist for some time before all addresses are switched over to the more
efficient IPv6 system.
By 2005, an estimated 1 billion people will be using the Internet. This
does not take into account the 200 percent annual increase of cell
phones and other mobile device users, according to the United States
About Hurricane Electric
Hurricane Electric is a Business TSP (Technical Service Provider)
specializing in Colocation, Dedicated Servers, Direct Internet
Connections, and Web Hosting. Hurricane Electric operates its own
national network, running Gigabit Ethernet and multiple OC-3's. Check
out www.he.net to find out more information about Hurricane Electric.
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