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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 Mike on Tuesday April 01 2014, @06:19PM

    by Mike (823) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @06:19PM (#24380)

    Does anyone actually have a compelling reason to use IPv6 anywhere.?
    Certainly not at in my home network/lab. The only reason I can think
    of is mobile phones. Get rid of the IMEI numbers (which can be
    duplicated) and use an fixed IPv6 address instead.

    The simple answer:

    End-to-End connections, i.e., the real Internet (get-off-my-lawn).

    The more ranty answer: End to end is basically it. Yes, there are
    lots of ways to hack around not being on the Internet: NAT, dynamic
    IPs, paying an obscene amount to your ISPs for an actual IP address
    (really?, Really!?), etc. But frankly, that's crap. A default
    Internet connection should be just that.

    By themselves, there are more cellphones on the planet than IPv4
    addresses. The internet needs a bigger number space for addresses and
    for good or bad, IPv6 is it.