Well that happened rather more quickly than I’d thought. The Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Registrar (APNIC) is now down to it’s last big block of IPv4 addresses. Its policy, once having reached this point, is to carefully conserve the remaining IP addresses to facilitate service providers’ transition to IPv6. They won’t give out more than about a thousand addresses to each APNIC member – total. Effectively, this means they’ve run out.
In recognition of this interesting fact (if you are a geek), slightlyodd.com and www.slightlyodd.com now have AAAA records. All set for world IPv6 day, I guess 🙂
Edit: Linode has deployed Native IPv6 🙂 – so I’ve updated all my DNS records accordingly. Progress!
I guess this is a bit of a follow-up to my post from last November about the impending IANA IPv4 address exhaustion. On November 30th, 4 of the last 6 IANA /8 blocks were allocated, leaving just two. It’s anticipated that APNIC (the Asia-Pacific Region authority) will pick up these last two in just three weeks time. From there, it’s likely our region will be the first one to run entirely out of IPv4 addresses in November of this year.
Last week I decided it’s probably a good time to put my money where my mouth is and get IPv6 enabled at home and on this website. In Australia, Internode is the only ISP offering native IPv6 (and they don’t provide tech support yet) but given the fact that no ISPs will be able to get new addresses for customers by November, I’d imagine a few others have some plans in the works.
Enabling it at home was real easy:
And enabling it on here wasn’t too hard either, with some instructions on the Linode wiki. Now, if you’re a giant nerd, you can access this site via IPv6: http://ipv6.slightlyodd.com/
If it doesn’t work, you probably haven’t gotten IPv6 working properly. Good luck! 🙂