Monday, January 19, 2009

NTT America Expands IPv6 Across Switch and Data Network Centers

NTT America has completed an expansion across Switch and Data's colocation facilities in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Seattle, and Palo Alto, California. Enterprise and service provider customers in Switch and Data's sites in these markets will now have direct access to NTT's commercial grade Global Tier-1 IPv6 backbone, which operates across four continents.

NTT America noted that as of September 2008, there are 39 /8s remaining in the IPv4 free address pool. The Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) have collectively allocated about ten to twelve /8s of IPv4 address space each year, on average. If that trend continues unchanged, by mid-2012 the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and the other RIRs will no longer be able to allocate large new blocks of IPv4 address space. This scenario assumes that demand does not increase -- which is unlikely, given the ever increasing number of Internet-enabled devices.