IPv6: Making the Transition
IPv6 is the next generation Internet Protocol (IP) address standard intended to supplement, and eventually replace, the IPv4 protocol most Internet services use today.
To help ensure the continued rapid growth of the Internet as a platform for innovation, IPv6 tackles some of IPv4's shortcomings - most notably a limited amount of remaining addresses. While the technical foundations of IPv6 are well established, significant work remains to deploy and begin using IPv6 capabilities.
Because IPv6 is central to the continued growth and stability of the Internet, XO is working with other organizations to promote its deployment by sharing information and helping to build the required operational capability within the Internet community.
IPv6 can help:
- Reduce the time, management, and complexity associated with IP configuration practices
- Re-establish transparency and end-to-end QoS-shaped traffic on the Internet
- Improve multicasting functionality on all IPv6 platforms
- Provide enhanced mobile node capabilities
XO is ready and able to support the transition from IPv4 to IPv6. Our network is peered with other major ISPs that have accepted their role in supporting IPv6. Many of our customers currently use IPv6 addressing across the XO network as a dual stack arrangement with IPv4.