In a brilliant presentation by Facebook’s Paul Saab at the recent v6 World Congress in Paris, he outlined how Facebook is well on the path toward moving to an IPv6-only internal network. He makes the point that why should you deal with the headache of maintaining a dual-stack (IPv4/IPv6). Instead just move your internal network to be IPv6-only and then have dual-stack devices on the edge of the network to interact with the legacy IPv4 Internet. You can download a copy of the slides (and view commentary in the IPv6 Group on Facebook) to read all about the process, but here’s the key summary slide 31:
Those statistics are:
- 100% of hosts they care about respond on IPv6 (Hosts that are not IPv6 ready are going away.)
- 75% of internal traffic is now IPv6 with a goal to be at 100% by Q3 2014 or earlier
- 98% of traffic in and out of HHVM is IPv6
- 100% of our memcache traffic is IPv6
- A goal of being 100% IPv6-only in 2-3 years
Very impressive to see! Paul’s presentation is worth viewing because he outlines the challenges that Facebook faced from dealing with vendor equipment to getting developers to use IPv6. It’s a great case study that we’ve added to our IPv6 case studies page. We wrote about this presentation back in March, but it’s worth repeating today on World IPv6 Launchiversary #2.
Facebook very clearly understands the need to move to the production version of the Internet – and they are taking steps to ensure that their site and services will be available to the next 5 billion people who come online! They are going to be out in front of most other companies with having made the transition over to IPv6.