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posted by NCommander on Tuesday April 01 2014, @12:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the there-was-much-rejoicing dept.
As part of wanting to be part of a brighter and sunny future, we've decided to disconnect IPv4 on our backend, and go single-stack IPv6. Right now, reading to this post, you're connected to our database through shiny 128-bit IP addressing that is working hard to process your posts. For those of you still in the past, we'll continue to publish A records which will allow a fleeting glimpse of a future without NAT.Believe it or not, we're actually serious on this one.

Linode IPv6 graph

We're not publishing AAAA records on production just yet as Slash has a few minor glitches when it gets an IPv6 address (they don't turn into IPIDs correctly), though we are publishing an AAAA record on dev. With one exception, all of our services communicate with each other on IPv6.

Perhaps I will write an article about our backend and the magical things that happen there :-).
 
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  • (Score: 1) by Nesh on Tuesday April 01 2014, @12:43PM

    by Nesh (269) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @12:43PM (#24084)

    Try to NAT a thousand items behind your firewall and get back to me.

  • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Tuesday April 01 2014, @01:02PM

    by FatPhil (863) <reversethis-{if.fdsa} {ta} {tnelyos-cp}> on Tuesday April 01 2014, @01:02PM (#24110) Homepage
    My computer. g/f's computer. 2 laptops. PDA. Fridge. Microwave. Hifi. Telly. Sauna stove controller. ...

    Wait a sec - where did this "1000" number come from? From Strawmanland, apparently.
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    • (Score: 1) by Nesh on Tuesday April 01 2014, @01:22PM

      by Nesh (269) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @01:22PM (#24130)

      You're at home.
      Some sites have way more machines in it.

    • (Score: 2) by hankwang on Tuesday April 01 2014, @02:28PM

      by hankwang (100) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @02:28PM (#24190) Homepage

      My computer. g/f's computer. 2 laptops. PDA. Fridge. Microwave. Hifi. Telly. Sauna stove controller. ...

      Um, do you have an internet-enabled microwave and fridge or are you just looking into the future? We're a 2-person household. The DNS configuration file of my home server has 31 devices listed. If I remove old (non-used) devices and double-counted ethernet/wifi, I still have 17 devices. And I'm not counting a block of addresses reserved for VPN: 1 desktop, 2 laptops, 2 tablets, 3 Android media players, audio system, cable decoder/DVR, 2 smartphones, e-reader, modem/router, wifi access point, home server, printer, Wii.

      Within a couple of years, I can well imagine network access for IP cameras, home automation (temperature, window shutters, lighting). I still wonder why I would want to have a network-enabled fridge or microwave oven, though.

    • (Score: 2) by skullz on Tuesday April 01 2014, @03:21PM

      by skullz (2532) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @03:21PM (#24238)

      You have a networked microwave but you still use a PDA? *snort snort* What does it run, NetBIOS? *snort pushes glasses back up*

    • (Score: 1) by VanessaE on Tuesday April 01 2014, @10:59PM

      by VanessaE (3396) <vanessa.e.dannenberg@gmail.com> on Tuesday April 01 2014, @10:59PM (#24518) Journal

      What, no toaster? :P

  • (Score: 2) by NCommander on Tuesday April 01 2014, @01:42PM

    by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <michael@casadevall.pro> on Tuesday April 01 2014, @01:42PM (#24138) Homepage Journal

    The moment we realized if we wanted to interconnect our off-site backup and our backend would require NAT was the moment IPv4 came up on the chopping block and I made a plan to migrate.

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