So it was IPv6 day today and since I host this site on Linode (who is awesome, by the way), and they are rolling out IPv6 to all their datacenters, I figured I’d give it a try. Huge props to them for making it so damn easy – push a button to enable IPv6, reboot, and whalla:
$ ping6 www.google.com PING www.google.com(2001:4860:4002:802::1014) 56 data bytes 64 bytes from 2001:4860:4002:802::1014: icmp_seq=1 ttl=55 time=0.620 ms 64 bytes from 2001:4860:4002:802::1014: icmp_seq=2 ttl=55 time=0.685 ms ^C --- www.google.com ping statistics --- 2 packets transmitted, 2 received, 0% packet loss, time 1001ms rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 0.620/0.652/0.685/0.041 ms
Neat, way to go Internet.
My whole career has been based around IPv4. Nearly my whole career we’ve been talking about IPv6. I’ve never had a need to set it up – but this is a big change with a lot of consequences for security, scale, monitoring and a variety of other areas where traditional models are going to have to change.
Nothing like keeping it exciting.