Hurricane Electric, the world’s largest IPv6-native Internet backbone and leading colocation provider, today announced that it is the first Internet backbone to connect to over 2,000 IPv6 networks, doubling in less than three years.
According to University of California research presented at the International Measurement Conference (IMC) in November of 2012, Hurricane Electric is the most dominant Autonomous System (AS) in the global IPv6 transit topology. Data from the research indicate that between 2011 and 2012 no other AS was added to IPv6 routing paths as frequently and consistently as Hurricane Electric.
Employing resilient fiber-optic topology, Hurricane Electric has no less than four redundant paths crossing North America, two separate paths between the U.S. and Europe, and rings in Europe and Asia. Having first deployed IPv6 in 2001, Hurricane Electric offers IPv6 as a core service; every customer is provided IPv6 connectivity as well as classic IPv4 connectivity.
“Our early investment in IPv6 is paying off not only for Hurricane Electric, but also for our customers around the world,” said Mike Leber, President of Hurricane Electric. “Given the depletion of the IPv4 address space, we expect continued strong growth in demand for IPv6 connectivity and services.”
Hurricane Electric provides tunnel broker and DNS services, plus a free IPv6 certification program, which allows network engineers, system administrators and software developers to gain expertise in IPv6. Hurricane Electric’s suite of free tools has over 404,000 combined users in 187 countries. In addition, Hurricane Electric has certified that 6,756 participants have reached the level of IPv6 “Sage,” the highest level of certification.