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06.06.12: Launch, What Launch? We've Been Doing IPv6 For Years!

IPv6Now Media Release

Wednesday 6 June 2012 is World IPv6 Launch: when global Internet enterprises officially turn IPv6 on in their networks and leave it on. They are confident the next-generation protocol will not harm their businesses, and are united in stating that the world needs to follow their example. IPv6 - Internet Protocol version 6 - is the replacement for IP version 4, responsible for binding networks together since the early 1980s. But now IPv4 has run out of spare capacity, and IPv6, in planning since the early 1990s, is poised to take over.

IPv6 Now Pty Ltd has been offering IPv6 services - training, consulting, websites, access - since 2007, but one of its proudest achievements is Studentnet®, providing advanced network services to schools, with 14,000 students at last count. IPv6 invisibly enables school communication and collaboration at levels impossible for the old protocol. For instance it can allocate unique and permanent identifying addresses for every student and every device on a network.

Kevin Karp, IPv6Now Director and Studentnet's Managing Director, explained that such unique addresses can be used to prevent cyberbullying or other misuse of school facilities. "Every school needs to put protections in place. Interestingly, when we tell the students 'once you log onto the network we know who you are,' they're much more well-behaved in their use of the facilities!"

"We hope from today more companies appreciate the opportunities IPv6 offers them, and also the need to make the transition before they are left behind while the rest of the Internet evolves," said Michael Biber, Professional Services Manager, IPv6Now. "The Australian and US governments have mandated 2012 for IPv6 deployments on their own networks. Businesses should pay attention! Governments don't go to efforts like that without a good reason."

"It's important to get staff trained to use IPv6 securely as soon as possible, because most modern network devices and computers are already IPv6-enabled. The danger with IPv6 is not that it's too hard but that it's so widely available, and unless your firewalls and staff know what to look for, they can't protect your networks from unwanted traffic. But of course, as your customers and the world moves to IPv6, you'll want that traffic."

"So how do you make the leap to secure IPv6? Send your staff to training courses, get your systems audited for IPv6 capabilities and vulnerabilities, have IPv6 address plans designed for optimising your networks, and only then start on the IPv6 adoption phase."

Biber continued, "To help with IPv6 takeup, IPv6Now is offering a PDF copy of its acclaimed compact guide to IPv6, The Lookup Book, for free download until 6 July. We've also just published an issue of The Standard Newsletter today as well, with 12 pages of IPv6 news, covering some of these issues. Both documents can be downloaded for free from ipv6now.com.au."

Media Contacts

Kevin Karp, Managing Director IPv6Now, 1800 222 085.
Michael Biber, Professional Services Manager IPv6Now, 1800 222 085.

Background Information

IPv6 Now Pty Ltd (ipv6now.com.au) specialises in IPv6 assistance, training and services. It was formed in 2007 and is the only company in Australia dedicated solely to IPv6.


09.06.11: "A Grade" Performance in the 'School Student Test'

IPv6Now Media Release

IPv6Now exposed its reputation to the most critical possible test - simultaneous IPv6 access by two groups of school students today, as part of World IPv6 Day (images are available at ipv6now.com.au/WID.php).

"I watched the test with some nervousness," said Tony Hill, Managing Director, IPv6Now. "The result was a resounding success and proof that our years of Internet engineering have paid off."

IPv6Now provides IPv6 infrastructure and support to Studentnet® that delivers network facilities to more than 11,000 school students in Australia. IPv6 is provided to the schools without re-engineering of their existing IPv4 architecture or adjustment of their ISP or hosting arrangements.

"Studentnet designed a structured set of activities for the school students to work through on World IPv6 Day," said Kevin Karp, Managing Director of Studentnet. "We tried to make this test as rigorous as possible, but after the students worked through the structured exercise, they just went for it, especially with video downloads!"

"The reaction of the schools and teachers was highly positive from an educational point of view," said Kevin Karp. "The schools - Waverley College and Wollondilly Anglican College - reported that there were strong educational benefits for the individual students and they appreciated the smooth, small-footprint implementation of IPv6 on their networks."

Key elements of the IPv6Now infrastructure held up without fault during this crucial operational testing phase for the IPv6 Internet, including our gogoSERVER that hosts user linkages and manages their access to the IPv6 Internet, and our dual international upstream connection architecture.


Will the internet work for you on Wednesday?

7 June, 2011: Schools, Google and Facebook testing the new Internet on 'World IPv6 Day'

The world is running out of Internet addresses. A new system of addresses will fix that and allow you to have an address for every device in the home – your phone, TV, baby monitor, computer, and, with smart labels, even your wine bottles. But will it also break your Internet connection?

Find out tomorrow, 8 June, 2011, when Google, Facebook, Bing, Yahoo and many others turn on their new future-proofed websites using the new address system called IPv6 (Internet protocol version six).

Anyone can test the new sites with a piece of free software available at IPv6Now.com.au. It will help you work out if your home, business, and Internet provider aren't ready for the new address system.

Two Sydney schools are leading the charge to test the new system: Waverley College and Wollondilly Anglican College.

The IPv6 sites, which run in parallel with the old system (called IPv4), should look and feel the same as any other websites. So students from the two schools will look at major websites over both systems looking for differences, problems and enhancements between the two.

"It's a bit like the 1990s when Australia moved to ten digit phone numbers," says Tony Hill, director of IPv6Now, a company assisting Australian businesses to make the transition to the new standard.

"The old IP or address system has 4.3 billion addresses, which seems a lot. But India and China have already run out of these unique numbers, and as we connect more and more computers, smartphones, televisions and other Internet-aware devices we need more addresses."

"You may have seen the old-style of IP addresses as you connect your home computer to the Internet – 192.168.0.1 for example is an address commonly used with home networks," he says.

The simplest versions of IPv6 are eight sets of four characters eg 2406:a000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0029 and will increase the number of possible addresses to 2 to the power of 128 or more than a trillion trillion addresses for every person now alive (officially it's 50 octillion).

Every device can have its own permanent address – making networking much easier.

The new address system requires changes behind the scenes to hardware and software. Search engines, social networking sites and other big tech companies have been working on their IPv6 sites – now they are inviting the public to log on June 8 to put them to the test in the real world.

Old IPv4 sites won't be shut down anytime soon, but over the next few years IPv6 sites will become dominant so test it out and see if your IT administrators are ready for the revolution.

Background information

Who are IPv6Now?
IPv6Now Pty Ltd is a company founded in July 2007 specialising in IPv6 services, training and consulting. The key staff of IPv6Now have been the people who have led the IPv6 discussion in Australia and contributed Australia's contribution to international discussions.

Differences between IP4 and IP6
IPv6Now website
Key Staff

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18.10.10: IPv6Now Certified by the IPv6 Forum in the IPv6 Education Certification Logo Program

PRESS RELEASE FROM IPv6 NOW PTY LTD AND THE IPv6 FORUM

MELBOURNE - LUXEMBOURG, October 18, 2010 - The IPv6 Forum has certified IPv6Now in the IPv6 Education Certification Logo Program. IPv6Now is the first organization to obtain this certification in Australia. This program defines and certifies courses and trainers with Silver and Gold Logo levels, and requires IPv6 implementation on the web site of the education program.

The IPv6 Forum Education Logo Program's prime objective is to encourage and accelerate education in IPv6 and promote swifter adoption of IPv6 in the curriculum and programs of universities, research institutes, vendors and training specialists. This program is designed to increase practical engineering expertise and hands-on knowledge, to tackle this large undertaking ahead of us and extend user confidence by demonstrating that IPv6 will be deployed by qualified engineers.

"The IPv6 Forum has selected and certified IPv6Now for its pioneering work, recognizing thereby its IPv6 training program as a precursor model encouraging the education sector in the universities and vendor training programs to adopt their quality training courses, to win time and train qualified engineers to deploy IPv6 with expertise and quality," states Latif Ladid, President, IPv6 Forum, Senior Researcher at University of Luxembourg, Security and Trust (SnT) Center, Emeritus Trustee, Internet Society (ISOC).

About the IPv6 Forum: The IPv6 Forum is a world-wide consortium of leading vendors, Internet service vendors, National research and Education Networks (NRENs) and international ISPs, with a clear mission to promote IPv6 by improving market and user awareness, creating a quality and secure Next Generation Internet and allowing world-wide equitable access to knowledge and technology. The key focus of the IPv6 Forum today is to provide technical guidance for the deployment of interoperability through its IPv6 Ready and Enabled Logo Programs: www.ipv6ready.org
and www.ipv6forum.com/ipv6_enabled/

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The IPv6 Forum Certifies Michael Biber and Karl Auer as IPv6 Gold Logo Trainers

PRESS RELEASE FROM IPv6 NOW PTY LTD AND THE IPv6 FORUM

MELBOURNE - LUXEMBOURG, October 18, 2010 - The IPv6 Forum has certified Michael Biber and Karl Auer as Certified IPv6 Gold Logo Trainers in the IPv6 Education Certification Logo Program. Michael and Karl are the first certified trainers to obtain this certification in Australia. This program defines and certifies courses and trainers with Silver and Gold Logo levels, and requires IPv6 implementation on the web site of the education program.

A recent survey on IPv6 training and studies at universities and vendors has demonstrated that IPv6 training and courses are way too embryonic to have any critical impact. It is estimated that some 20 million engineers are working on the current Internet worldwide at ISPs, corporate and all other public and private organisations and they will need quality training on IPv6. This is a gigantic task since it's the first upgrade of the Internet and most probably the last one for decades to come.

"The IPv6 Forum has selected and approved Michael Biber and Karl Auer among the very first IPv6 trainers in the world who have qualified for the new certification of this program. Their hands-on expertise in IPv6 is dearly needed in this critical phase of deployment of the IPv6 Internet," states Latif Ladid, President, IPv6 Forum, Senior Researcher at University of Luxembourg, Security and Trust (SnT) Center, Emeritus Trustee, Internet Society (ISOC).

The IPv6 Forum Education Logo Program's prime objective is to encourage and accelerate the education on IPv6 and promote thereby swifter adoption of IPv6 in the education curriculum and programs of the universities, research institutes, vendors and training specialists. This program is designed to increase practical engineering expertise and hands-on knowledge to tackle Qthis large undertaking ahead of us extending thereby user confidence by demonstrating that IPv6 will be deployed by qualified engineers.

About the IPv6 Forum: The IPv6 Forum is a world-wide consortium of leading vendors, Internet service vendors, National research and Education Networks (NRENs) and international ISPs, with a clear mission to promote IPv6 by improving market and user awareness, creating a quality and secure Next Generation Internet and allowing world-wide equitable access to knowledge and technology. The key focus of the IPv6 Forum today is to provide technical guidance for the deployment of interoperability through its IPv6 Ready and Enabled Logo Programs: www.ipv6ready.org
and www.ipv6forum.com/ipv6_enabled/

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IPv6Now Chosen to Host Australasian Node of gogoNET Social Network

16 December 2009: PRESS RELEASE FROM IPv6 NOW PTY LTD AND GOGO6

IPv6 Now Pty Ltd and gogo6 inc. announce the launch of the Australasian node of gogoNET (gogoNET.gogo6.com), the social network for IPv6 professionals.

The Australasian node of gogoNET is proudly hosted by IPv6Now's NOC in Sydney, offering services to Australia, New Zealand, Oceania and South-East Asia. It provides 6in4 and 4in6 tunneling, a collection of tools to test and debug IPv6 networks, and Freenet6, a free IPv6 connectivity service for members to start using IPv6 today.

Tony Hill, IPv6Now's Managing Director, said "This is a resounding endorsement of our experience with IPv6, which is so internationally respected that we are one of only four locations around the world to provide regional gogoNet connectivity."

gogoNET's purpose is to provide the knowledge necessary to help professionals answer the fundamental question: "How should I roll out IPv6 in my network?" It also includes:
  • Thousands of v6 professionals from around the world to share learning
  • Over 50 native-language country groups for professionals
  • Hundreds of blogs and discussions on technical and business issues
  • A filtered indexed IPv6 library of 150 videos, 400 presentations and 100 docs and books
"We built gogoNET because we believe participating in a professional social network is the best way to acquire the knowledge necessary to implement IPv6," said Bruce Sinclair, gogo6 CEO. "If you think about it, it's easy to find information on IPv6 but not knowledge. gogoNET is a collection of professionals with different IPv6 knowledge - tapping into this allows people to make sense of the information out there."

Latif Ladid, President of the IPv6 Forum, said, "gogoNET goes beyond web 2.0/3.0 - it promotes the use of the end to end Internet model, using IPv6 to generate the next generation web apps to open greater innovation in social networking, especially for the mobile networking world in the making."

"IPv6Now's capabilities are enhanced by our relationship with gogoNET," said Tony Hill, IPv6Now MD, "which extends to our role as the sole supplier and supporter in Australia for the world-famous gogoSERVER™ tunnel device."

IPv6Now has recently used its specialist expertise to build the only publicly-available Australian IPv6 testbed network, VIC6, which allows businesses and organisations to take full advantage of new IPv6 technology to build international competitiveness.

For more information on gogo6 go to: gogo6.com

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National Broadband Network? Australia can do it right with IPv6

9 April 2009: PRESS RELEASE FROM IPv6 NOW PTY LTD

The Australian Government's announcement of a new approach to the National Broadband Network was welcomed today by IPv6Now, as providing Australia with a unique opportunity to take advantage of the next generation of Internet technology: IPv6.

The NBN is Australia's opportunity to take IPv6 to every Australian family, business and individual, and support a bright future for Australia in the global digital economy. Or, if we build the NBN on IPv4 we could see Australia become ever more isolated from the rest of the Internet, and ever less competitive.

For Tony Hill, managing director of IPv6Now, the choice is clear. He sees today's announcement by the Government as the beginning of a historic opportunity to "do it right" by making sure that IPv6 is the native protocol for the new network.

Growth in demand for the Internet has been substantial. IPv6 is needed, to allow users to move beyond connecting only desktop and laptop computers, and begin connecting all sorts of handheld devices, and even everyday items such as household appliances, health monitors, security systems and cars.

"Done right, this is indeed a nation-building exercise. The Government has shown true vision, and in doing so has aligned itself with the OECD's views on the importance of the Internet and IPv6 to the digital economy, locally and globally. IPv6 is viewed as a keystone by OECD Ministers, and it must also be a keystone in the design of the NBN", said Hill.

IPv6Now is using its specialist expertise in working with the Victorian Government and Ai Group to build the IPv6 testbed network for Victorian industry, VIC6, that will allow businesses and local organisations to take full advantage of this new technology to build their international competitiveness. New applications are already being designed for applications in the health, financial services and automotive manufacturing sectors.

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16 December 2008: VIC6 Project gains Neighbourhood Cable as Sponsor

PRESS RELEASE FROM IPv6 NOW PTY LTD

Neighbourhood Cable, a regional Victorian broadband provider, announced today that it would be sponsoring the VIC6 project, a testbed network being built by IPv6Now and Ai Group to help Victorian industry move to IPv6.

Ivan Slavich, CEO of TransACT Communications made the announcement at a gathering of Ballarat IT specialists, confirming that Neighbourhood Cable would be providing a two-megabit native IPv6 connection into the VIC6 node in Ballarat.

IPv6Now's George Fong presented Mr Slavich with a certificate of appreciation, and emphasised how important industry involvement was to the success of the project. "The time for IPv6 is now", he said. "The VIC6 testbed network is there to help businesses work out solutions and build confidence in the new technology. Solid connectivity to the IPv6 Internet is vital, and that's exactly what this sponsorship from Neighbourhood Cable represents."

Colin Littlejohn, Regional Manager of Neighbourhood Cable, said "We are part of the Neighbourhood here in Ballarat and are excited to be part of this project."

The VIC6 testbed network is slated for launch in March 2009.

For more information on Neighbourhood Cable see:
www.neighbourhoodcable.com.au

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20 November 2008: IPv6Now Teams with Ai Group to Build IPv6 Testbed for Victorian Industry

PRESS RELEASE FROM IPv6 NOW PTY LTD

IPv6Now will be working with Multimedia Victoria (MMV) and AI Group to build an IPv6 testbed network for Victorian industry. MMV, the ICT arm of the Victorian Government, signed an agreement with Ai Group this week which should see work commence on the design of the testbed within weeks. IPv6Now will manage the design and implementation with Ai Group providing the industry connections.

"Industry needs a place to start", said Tony Hill, Managing Director of IPv6Now. "This will give industry a network to test their ideas in without having to make any major capital investments. They will be able to test equipment and software in a working IPv6-connected network, to gain knowhow and experience that they can apply directly to their own business operations. It is a short cut to productivity, cost savings and innovation."

"We know IPv6 is coming", said Hill, "and industry knows it too. This testbed will allow businesses to work out solutions and build confidence in the new technology."

The testbed will be open to all Victorian industries, but is initially aimed at the finance, automotive and health sectors. The Ai Group National CEO Survey published last month emphasised the importance of connectivity to Victorian industry, and IPv6 is shaping up to be a vital aspect of connectivity to, in particular, Asian markets and industry partners. innovation productivity cost-saving

Hill expects vendors of network equipment to be eager to showcase their latest IPv6-capable equipment in the new network, and in fact sees that as one of the main functions of the testbed. "If people see it working in the testbed, they're not going to go away and buy something else" said Hill. "This is an ideal and risk-free way for vendors to reach potential customers, and for industry to see what works."

Consultation with industry on the design of the network will begin almost immediately. The first users of the network are expected by March 2009.

For more information on Ai Group and Multimedia Victoria, see: www.aigroup.asn.au and www.mmv.vic.gov.au

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18 November 2008: IPv6Now and StudentNet Collaboration: Anywhere, Anytime

PRESS RELEASE FROM IPv6 NOW PTY LTD AND STUDENTNET

A school's football team goes to compete in the interstate finals. Play by play, the game is reported on a website, with the students back home following keenly, only seconds behind the action.

Is this website on an expensive hosted server? No it's on a student laptop, in the stands at the football ground, hooked into the Internet via the local club's wireless hotspot.

How does it work? NextMail, that's how.

Studentnet is excited to announce a major innovation for NextMail school accounts. With the help of IPv6Now, each NextMail school now has their own collaboration address range, from which every teacher and student has their own domain name and globally accessible IPv6 address.

New possibilities for interacting are available now. All from within a managed network.

Every school, every student, every teacher can make content available simply and directly. Collaboration is easier than ever before. School administrators gain even more control without extra cost or effort, all using the school's existing infrastructure.

Studentnet director Kevin Karp explained that enabling collaboration was the goal. "True collaboration requires global accessibility. The school's collaboration address range grants it the accessibility and the control. Products are already appearing that take advantage of this address capability Microsoft Vista's Windows Meeting Space, for example."

"This is one of the things IPv6 was made for", said Tony Hill, Managing Director of IPv6Now. "It makes all the problems and restrictions that IPv4 address scarcity has forced upon us just go away. A personal website on your laptop, for example, would normally mean mucking about with technical configurations such as NAT and port forwarding. Doing it on a roaming laptop is basically impossible for the average IPv4 user."

Each NextMail school will be getting an IPv6Now "Grow6" network. "We are reserving a /48 prefix for each school", said Kevin Karp. "We're providing for over 65,000 subnets. Just one of those has been set aside for what we are calling the collaboration address range. There's plenty of room for growth!"

For more information on Studentnet, see: www.studentnet.net

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18 November 2008: IPv6Now and Vocus - Fast, Reliable IPv6

PRESS RELEASE FROM IPv6 NOW PTY LTD

IPv6Now is proud to announce that the company has signed up for Vocus Communications' new IPv6 transit service one of the first to do so. Vocus moves native IPv6 traffic across Australia and the Pacific. IPv6Now provides IPv6 access for business everywhere. The combination means that the IPv6 Internet is now more accessible than than ever to Australian businesses.

"Easy access for all, backed up by solid transit, is the key to the future with IPv6", said IPv6Now's Managing Director, Tony Hill. "We were the first in Australia to offer tunnel broker services with commercial service level agreements and the first in Australia to offer dual stack hosting. The Vocus transit service is a perfect match."

The IPv6Now website is on one of the company's own dual-stack servers, so it can be reached easily via IPv6. "We run our own internal business processes on IPv6", said Mr Hill, "and the new Vocus transit makes access to it faster and more reliable, wherever we are in the world."

Mr Hill pointed out that while the need for IPv6 was growing, and businesses were in general well aware of it, the problem for many was knowing where to begin. "We've put a lot of effort into figuring out the details, so we can offer industrial strength good advice and the commercial arrangements to back it up."

For more information on Vocus Communications, see: www.vocus.com.au

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1 August 2008: IPv6 Now!

PRESS RELEASE FROM IPv6 NOW PTY LTD

At long last IPv6 is moving ahead in Australia. IPv6Now has opened Australia's first commercial tunnel broker. Businesses and individuals can now connect to the IPv6 Internet without changing their existing Internet connection.

"What's new about IPv6Now's offering is that it is covered by a service level agreement" said Tony Hill, IPv6Now's Managing Director. "It includes support, static addresses are available, and access is faster because the broker is in Australia."

While some access has been possible in Australia before, it has been "best effort". Overseas brokers have been available, but few provide any guarantees and support is minimal. Crucially, most do not offer static IPv6 addresses, which are vital for business use.

"We'd love to see others following our lead in making access to IPv6 easier", said Tony Hill, IPv6Now's Managing Director. "Businesses need to start thinking about IPv6, and the more options they have for getting acquainted with it, the better."

IPv6Now offers a stable IPv6 Web hosting service on dual-stack servers. "You can make sure you are visible and accessible", said Hill. "That's going to become more and more important as time goes on, as many of our major trading partners are moving strongly into IPv6." Making their content available via IPv6 will be the first step for most businesses.

The tunnel broker is perhaps IPv6Now's most visible product, but Hill sees the company's main role as a strategic adviser to business. "IPv6 is a lot more than just a way out of the address crunch", said Hill. "It's a huge opportunity for innovation. Businesses should be grabbing it with both hands."

For more information on IPv6Now, see: www.ipv6now.com.au

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