SOURCE: Arbor Networks

Arbor Networks

April 19, 2011 13:17 ET

Arbor Networks Establishes Baseline of Global IPv6 Adoption by Issuing First of Its Kind IPv6 Study

Will Provide Monitoring Support for the Internet Society's World IPv6 Day

CHELMSFORD, MA--(Marketwire - Apr 19, 2011) - Arbor Networks, Inc., a leading provider of security and network management solutions for next-generation data centers and carrier networks, today released new research on native IPv6 traffic across six large providers in North America and Europe. In all, Arbor Networks analyzed aggregate inter-domain traffic volumes of more than 8 terabits per second and a total of more than 20 exabytes over the life of the study. The full research report is available on the company's blog.

Arbor is also announcing that it will provide traffic monitoring support for World IPv6 Day on June 8, 2011. World IPv6 Day is the "first global-scale trial" of IPv6 featuring major content players such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight who will enable native IPv6 on their servers. The goal is to collect Internet-wide IPv6 measurements and help to isolate any performance problems.

"The transition to IPv6 is an important evolution in Internet infrastructure. Arbor Networks has used its ATLAS traffic monitoring system to provide both an early and ongoing look at IPv6 adoption," said Jennifer Pigg, vice president with Yankee Group. "World IPv6 day is just the beginning of a multi-year transition. With the data derived from ATLAS, we now have a baseline against which to measure the progress of that transition."

Since 2007, Arbor Networks has leveraged its ATLAS Internet monitoring system to develop a baseline of global IPv6 adoption. With ATLAS, Arbor combines an extensive network of darknet sensors with anonymized traffic data from more than 100+ customer networks. With that data, Arbor's researchers can develop a globally scoped view of traffic traversing the backbone networks that form the Internet's core. With this unique vantage point, Arbor is ideally positioned to deliver intelligence about global IPv6 adoption.

Beginning in late summer of 2010, a subset of Arbor customers both upgraded their backbone infrastructure (routers and monitoring appliances) and enabled v9Flow export across the majority of their network. The report analyzes native v6 traffic across six of these large providers in North America and Europe during a six month period from October 2010 to February 2011.

"IPv6 represents a major and critical evolutionary step for the Internet. Arbor, in collaboration with carriers around the world, looks forward to providing key measurements of the first large-scale, global production test of IPv6 on June 8th," said Craig Labovitz, Arbor Networks chief scientist.

Additional Arbor Networks research on IPv6 can be found on the company's blog.

About Arbor Networks
Arbor Networks, Inc. is a leading provider of network security and management solutions for next-generation data centers and carrier networks. Arbor's proven network security and management solutions help grow and protect our customers' networks, businesses and brands. Arbor's unparalleled, privileged relationships with worldwide service providers and global network operators provides unequalled insight into and perspective on Internet security and traffic trends via ATLAS -- a unique collaborative effort with 100+ network operators across the globe sharing real-time security, traffic and routing information that informs numerous business decisions.

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