Thursday, June 09, 2011

#IPv6, the future is made today

The #Wikimedia Foundation hosts some of the biggest websites in the world and the world is running out of IP-addresses. As we reach our readers and editors using the IP protocol, it becomes increasingly important that we have the technology to do so.

The WMF has started with the implementation of IPv6; Ryan Lane, Peter Youngmeister and Mark Bergsma have started working on HTTPS and IPv6 support for the wiki platforms. A new test cluster has been set up to serve these protocols, and limited testing on a subset of wikis has commenced.

Now that there is limited testing, it will be interesting to learn how traffic for IPv6 will grow. When it grows like mobile access does, it will become relevant quite quickly.
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