SANTA MONICA, Calif. NTT Verio Inc., service provider for the IPv6 Summit here, announced nationwide availability of Internet Protocol Version 6 service. Customers can get native IPv6 and IPv6 tunneling using an existing IPv4 connection and dual-stack IPv4/v6 support.
The NTT Com subsidiary of Nippon Telephone and Telegraph, Verio's parent, has been a leading proponent of IPv6 services in Asia and Europe. Cody Christman, director of product engineering, said NTT's research and deployment experience in IPv6 was a factor giving Verio the lead role for North American deployment of IPv6.
Christman added that companies acquired by Verio in the late 1990s, including NorthWest Net (Bellevue, Wash.), had been working on early IPv6 trials for more than five years. Initial IPv6 customers will likely be universities and military contractors, Christman said, though more large-scale Internet users in corporations have been upgrading to IPv6.
"There used to be a question as to whether IPv6 would happen at all, but now the general consensus is shifting to the question of when," Christman said.
NTT Verio will offer a managed-router service, in which customers such as Juniper Networks Inc. will work with Verio to manage end-node hardware devices for fault management, configuration, performance, accounting and security.
Also offered will be: N x T1 service, the equivalent of a given number of T1 connections using IPv6; frame-relay service, in which frame-relay connections from fractional-T1 to T3 are offered over IPv6; and shadow service backup, in which the equivalent of Layers 1 and 2 failover and redundancy are offered at Layer 3 via a backup IPv6 connection in the event of link failure.