Deploy360 IPv6

How RIPE are you for IPv6?

The RIPE NCC has just published its latest report on IPv6 RIPEness for 2017. Since 2010, its IPv6 RIPEness project has rated how prepared Local Internet Registries (LIRs) in the RIPE Service Region are for IPv6 deployment, and awards up to 5 stars if they fulfil particular criteria. This system is explained more in an older post on the RIPE Labs website.

By virtually all measures, IPv6 deployment increased significantly during 2016, so you’d also expect this to be reflected in the RIPEness rating of the RIPE LIRs. In fact, the figures show the percentage of LIRs with a 4-star rating to have increased from 8% in 2010 to 20% in 2017, which translates to 2,412 LIRs having becoming fully IPv6 capable in principle. However, a 4-star rating does not actually indicate that IPv6 has been deployed, which is a requirement for the full 5-star rating.

The RIPE community agreed that a 16% deployment threshold would be required for 5-stars in 2016, but this would be increased each year. So for 2017 the threshold has been increased to 32%, based on several measurements of access and content networks. The measurements being used are the APNIC IPv6 Measurement System using Google Ads, the Alexa Top 1 million websites, and Cisco’s alternative Umbrella 1M.

Whilst these different measurements tend to focus on different providers, they collectively indicate that a total of 7,075 LIRs have IPv6 deployed to some extent, representing nearly 47% of the total. And 4.3% of LIRs meet or exceed the 32% threshold required for a 5-star rating, which compared to 5.6% of those meeting the former 16% threshold in 2016, demonstrates the ongoing commitment to IPv6 deployment.

This is quite positive news, although it still needs to be pointed out that 3,829 LIRs (or 24%) of the total still have no IPv6 capability whatsoever, and over 50% of LIRs have apparently not deployed IPv6 in production.

So if you haven’t already done so, we’d like to join with the RIPE NCC in encouraging you to make the inevitable step to IPv6 sooner rather than later. Deploy360 is here to help, and you can take a look at our Start Here page to understand how you can get started with IPv6.




IPv6 reaches 10,000 ISPs in Europe and northern Asia

RIPE_NCC_Logo2015It’s worth pointing out the announcement from the RIPE NCC last week, that they reached the milestone of 10,000 Local Internet Registries (LIRs) having receiving IPv6 addresses. This leaves around 3,000 LIRs that still only have IPv4 addresses, although the uptake of IPv6 addresses has increased substantially since mid-2012.

In the way RIPE NCC is structured, the “LIRs” are the members of the RIPE NCC who receive blocks of IP addresses (both IPv4 and IPv6) and then distribute the IP addresses out to local organizations.  Typically these are Internet Service Providers (ISPs) or “network operators” who then provide Internet connections (and IP address blocks) to companies and organizations.  (Read more about LIRs on the RIPE NCC’s site.)  RIPE NCC is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe and northern / western Asia.

The RIPE NCC started distributing IPv6 addresses in 1999, although uptake was initially slow as LIRs were required make a certain number of assignments to end sites until 2007. Provider Independent IPv6 addresses (i.e. those distributed directly to an end user organisation) were also not assigned until 2009 due to concerns over the (potential) growth of the global routing table, but once these policies changed there was a noticeable increase in IPv6 allocation requests.

In 2012 it became mandatory to have IPv6 resources in order to receive a /22 IPv4 address block which was responsible for the upsurge in LIR uptake. Interestingly though, since this policy was revoked in 2015 because it was felt that LIRs should not be forced to request ‘unneeded’ resources, IPv6 address distribution has remained around the same rate which indicates that LIRs are seeing a need for IPv6 address space.

Current policies make it easy to request IPv6 addresses so this is no obstacle to IPv6 deployment in your organisation. If you’re interested, then please see our Start Here page for more information!