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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 monster on Tuesday April 01 2014, @01:55PM

    by monster (1260) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @01:55PM (#24151) Journal

    Yes, but turning every layman into a network administrator is pure comedy gold waiting to happen.

  • (Score: 2, Informative) by urza9814 on Tuesday April 01 2014, @06:58PM

    by urza9814 (3954) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @06:58PM (#24408) Journal
    That's the situation we *already have*, IPv6 is going to make it *better*, not worse. You *already* need to be a freakin' network administrator to properly set up a NAT. What protects you isn't the NAT, it's the firewall, and that will still be included in the router. But you'll be able to actually turn it off where and when needed now, which will be nice. (And no, DMZ doesn't count, because it's one system at a time)
  • (Score: 2) by sjames on Tuesday April 01 2014, @09:09PM

    by sjames (2882) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @09:09PM (#24466) Journal

    Why would that be an issue. The Ap/router will just come with a default configuration that does the right thing for nearly everyone and home users won't understand it, just like with IPv4 and NAT, only it won't overload the tiny embedded processor as easily.