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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 01 2014, @01:08PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 01 2014, @01:08PM (#24113)

    The whole internet of things idea is just salespeople talking. Unfortunately, managers listen more to salespeople than to engineers, so it may still hold true.

    IPv6 is no related to the internet of things. We need IPv6 to have ip addresses enough that everybody can have a PC. And a tablet. And a phone. And right now, there's only about enough for half the people on the planet to get ONE ip address, and that's if every subnet is filled perfectly.

    However, because the people behind IPv6 wanted to be absolutely sure never to run out again (even after we colonize Mars), they made IPv6 large enough that even if the "internet of things" morons get what they want, IP addresses is not going to be our problem. Keeping all those "things" updated and secure is.