Company Provides IPv6 Assistance via Social Media Platforms
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As a leading global networking provider that has been delivering IPv6 for more than a decade and as part of its participation in World IPv6 Day, Global Crossing (NASDAQ: GLBC) is broadening its technical support for customers and visitors testing their ability to connect that day to the company's IPv6-enabled website.
Global Crossing, which turned up the IPv6 capability on its website on May 31 in preparation for the industry-wide event on June 8, has been delivering IPv6 over its global, MPLS-based Tier 1 backbone in a dual-stack configuration for more than half a decade. Drawing on its longstanding IPv6 expertise and desire to help any user who experiences difficulties that day with the Global Crossing website, the company will provide real-time assistance and advice via its corporate Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/GlobalCrossingLtd) and has established a special hashtag on its Twitter page (#IPv6Day >>) to communicate with users for the day. Users also may email Global Crossing at firstname.lastname@example.org; discuss issues with Global Crossing IPv6 experts via email@example.com or post a comment to the company's IPv6 blog at http://blogs.globalcrossing.com/?q=blogs/dsiegel.
Existing customers also can reach a company representative via Global Crossing's award-winning uCommand(TM) customer portal.
"We felt it was important to participate in World IPv6 Day because IPv6-only networking is imminent and it's imperative that users begin planning now," said Anthony Christie, chief technology and information officer for Global Crossing. "By providing multiple ways to communicate with us that day, we're underscoring our commitment not only to integrate new technologies into current network environments but to consistently enhance our overall customer experience."
To make the transition easier, Christie advises businesses to choose a network provider that operates a dual-stack network. A dual-stack network has the ability to route IPv6 and IPv4 side by side on the network, so that a wide area network or Internet connection behaves as an IPv4 and IPv6 path simultaneously. Global Crossing does this for its customers because it allows them to test a fully functioning IPv6 implementation without turning off any of their old IPv4 setup. This also allows the customer to retain access to the parts of the Internet that have not yet transitioned to IPv6.
"If your equipment is not IPv6-capable today, make a minimal investment to get some IPv6-capable equipment," added Dave Siegel, vice president of IP services product management, who spearheaded Global Crossing's World IPv6 Day team. "Come up with an addressing plan, architecture and design. Test with a dual-stack network provider to make sure your setup meets your specifications. Note that migration to IPv6 could take a few months or years, depending on how aggressive your migration plan is, the types of network features you need and the hardware you need to replace. You have time to make the switch from IPv4 to IPv6, but don't put your organization in jeopardy by delaying further."
To learn more about Global Crossing's IPv6 capabilities visit http://www.globalcrossing.com/ipkc/ipkc_ipv6.aspx .
World IPv6 Day is a networking event being conducted by the Internet Society (ISOC) on June 8. Global Crossing will be among several service providers who will offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour "test flight." The goal of the Test Flight Day is to motivate organizations across the industry -- Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies -- to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out, and to help accelerate the momentum of IPv6 deployment.
An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a long series of numbers that identifies a computer on the Internet. Recent news has raised concerns because all of the current IP addresses -- IP version 4 or IPv4 -- have been deployed. That means 4.3 billion possible 32-bit IPv4 addresses have been allocated. IPv6 is the next version of Internet Protocol. IPv6 are 128-bit numbers and will provide 340 trillion trillion trillion Internet addresses for future use.
ISOC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education and policy. It also provides leadership in addressing issues that confront the future of the Internet; acts as the "organizational home" for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards, such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB); acts as a global clearinghouse for Internet information and education, and facilitates and coordinates Internet-related initiatives around the world.
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