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Hurricane Electric’s Owen DeLong to Discuss the Benefits of Prompt IPv6 Adoption and the Potential Cost of Failing to Transition at This Week’s Technology Convergence Conference

Hurricane Electric, the world’s largest IPv6-native Internet backbone and colocation provider, today announced that its IPv6 Evangelist, Owen DeLong, will discuss IPv6 transition at this week’s Technology Convergence Conference, Silicon Valley’s premier conference for the IT and facilities ecosystem. The conference will take place Wednesday, February 23rd at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

At 10 a.m. on the day of the conference, Owen DeLong will lead a discussion titled How to Avoid the Potential Cost of Transitioning Your Enterprise to the Next Generation Internet Protocol. During the discussion, Owen will outline how the networking community can work together to ensure a seamless transition to IPv6.

On February 3rd, an important milestone was reached when the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) handed out the last IPv4 /8 address blocks to the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). The RIRs are expected to distribute these last address blocks to service providers in the coming months, making it essential for enterprises to have an IPv6 transition strategy in place before the end of the year.

The majority of Internet traffic today is composed of IPv4 transmissions, but the IPv4 protocol’s 32-bit address field is not sufficient to accommodate the growing number of Internet-connected devices. In addition to providing distinct, globally-routable addresses for all devices connected to the Internet, the IPv6 protocol also mandates network-layer security and simplifies certain network configuration tasks.

“If your enterprise does not have an IPv6 strategy in place, you’re already behind,” said Owen DeLong, IPv6 Evangelist at Hurricane Electric. “The good news is that it’s not too late to get started, and I look forward to educating the audience about how IPv6 transition can be a relatively painless process and how to take advantage of IPv6 transition tools.”

An IPv6 leader for over a decade, Hurricane Electric first deployed IPv6 on its global backbone in 2001. Hurricane Electric’s global Internet backbone is one of the few that is IPv6-native and does not rely on internal tunnels for IPv6 connectivity. IPv6 is offered as a core service and every customer is provided IPv6 connectivity, as well as classic IPv4 connectivity. Hurricane Electric connects to more than 1,200 associated IPv6 backbones.

To help enterprises with a seamless transition, Hurricane Electric offers popular IPv6 certification, free DNS services and tunnel broker service. As way to keep the IT and networking community abreast of new IPv6 developments, in 2010 Hurricane Electric launched a YouTube channel.

Hurricane Electric offers IPv4 and IPv6 transit solutions over the same connection, at speeds up to 10 Gbps. Within its own global network, the company has 45 major exchange points with connectivity to more than 1,600 different networks. Employing a resilient fiber-optic topology, Hurricane Electric has no less than four redundant paths crossing North America, two separate paths between the U.S. and Europe, and rings in Europe and Asia.

About Hurricane Electric

Hurricane Electric is a leading Internet backbone and colocation provider. Hurricane Electric operates its own global IPv4 and IPv6 network and owns several data centers in Fremont, California, running multiple N-by-10 Gbps links throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Founded by Mike Leber in his garage in 1994, Hurricane Electric now operates the largest IPv6 Internet Backbone in the world as measured by the number of networks connected.

For additional information on Hurricane Electric, please visit http://www.he.net.

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