Mozilla has a long history of being a technology leader on the web and open standards. A short, and certainly not exhaustive, list includes:
IT/Operations is often the unglamorous side of Mozilla. We work in the shadows and you generally don’t see us unless something’s broken. However, we want to push technology forward too. We like to be thought leaders. We like to solve the “chicken-and-egg” problem. For example, over the summer of 2010, we laid the infrastructure ground work for DNSSEC and published a signed
This year we’re ready for another challenge and are excited to join others in support of the World IPv6 Day! June 8, 2011 will be the first global-scale “test flight” of IPv6 and we’re going to be a part of it. This will also be our chance to see which parts of the network already support IPv6 and which parts require software (or hardware) upgrades.
As part of World IPv6 Day, we’ll offer a couple marquee Mozilla web properties over IPv6. We’ll be able to measure how many users are already dual-stack (both IPv4 & IPv6) vs. those who don’t yet have IPv6 capabilities. In short, we’ll have a view on the state of the Internet’s IPv6 end-user deployment.
What is IPv6?
IPv6 is the next generation protocol for the Internet. The current protocol, IPv4, is based on 32-bit addressing and has the familiar syntax of
126.96.36.199. Unfortunately, after more than 30 years, the Internet is running out of available IPv4 address space.
IPv6 (and it’s 128-bit addressing) provides a vast increase in available address space – 4 billion times the number that are available under IPv4. Addresses take on an entirely new syntax –
2620:101:8003:200:217:f2ff:fe09:d8ea, for example.
When I started at Mozilla in 2006, I continued the IPv6 work I was doing at my last job and for some time now Mozilla’s had a production v6 network announced out of our San Jose data center. I even experimented with a couple websites back in 2007. Unfortunately, there’s been a lack of user demand and, as such, the “chicken-and-egg” problem.
We recently traded in our original /48 allocation in exchange for a /44 and are slowly renumbering and bringing up native IPv6 peering with Mozilla’s transit providers. My Network Engineers even pushed out native IPv6 connectivity within Mozilla’s Mountain View office.
Those interested in tracking our progress can follow along in bug 630581.
I hope you’ll follow along with us in the coming months and join us for World IPv6 Day on June 8, 2011!