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June 5, 2012

The event has been long anticipated-- for over three years now, and tomorrow, June 6, 2012 has been officially proclaimed World IPv6 Launch Day.

And a group of hosting companies, network operators and equipment makers say they are all ready for the new protocol.

The Internet Society, Bing, Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Sun Hosting, Comcast, Akamai, AT&T, Cisco and other prominent internet technology companies are all aboard the IPv6 launch day bandwagon.

Collectively, all these companies say they want “to motivate organizations across the industry, including internet service providers, hardware makers, and web companies to prepare for and permanently enable Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) on their products and services as Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) address space runs out.”

In June 2011, Avantex and a few other hosting companies such as Sun Hosting successfully passed all IPv6 tests required by The Internet Society. Now, both companies say they are ready to launch the new protocol on their networks.

Participating ISPs and telcos have ensured that at least 1 percent of their residential wireline subscribers who visit participating websites will do so using IPv6. Those websites have turned on the new IPv6 protocol and sworn on a stack of holy texts they'll never turn it off.

Home networking equipment makers are taking perhaps the biggest step, by shipping IPv6-enabled equipment as the default standard. So far, only four vendors: Cisco, D-Link, NEC and ZyXEL have made that commitment.

The event is unashamedly a promotion to follow last year's World IPv6 day, but participants are insisting “this time it is for real” given the actions mentioned above.

Whatever level of reality the day attains, its effects are designed to go all-but-unnoticed. Simon Hackett, managing director of Australian ISP Internode, says he's already knocked the one per cent target on the head.

“The most important lesson for Internode is that, if done right, customers will not even notice the change to IPv6, and that's really what counts here,” he said.

In other IT industry news

Microsoft says that it is about to release a new preview of its Windows 8 operating system. The preview is expected to be today, according to various blog posts. However, a different blog is announcing new features in Microsoft's SkyDrive system, and says that we can expect the preview in the first week of June, suggesting it may not be available until June 4th or thereabouts.

SkyDrive for Windows desktop will power a new feature. From the Photos app in Windows 8, you can now fetch photos stored on your other PCs that have SkyDrive installed. No matter where you are or how many terabytes of photos you have stored on the PC you are accessing, Microsoft says this will work.

There's also a few other reports that a Chinese edition of the preview has made it on the web, but we're still waiting for more specifics on that.

To be sure, both SkyDrive for Windows and for MacOS apps have received a few upgrades, as has the Windows Phone client. Paid users can now get 100 GB of storage, spread across ten million files. The previous file count limit was just 150,000.

Another line in the blog post says “In just a few weeks, more people were using SkyDrive apps than have used Mesh.” It took us a moment to remember just what “Mesh” means in a Microsoft context. Once our synapses did their thing we were reminded that Mesh debuted back in 2008 when it offered a set of services that are not vastly different to what's on offer from SkyDrive.

Increased interest in cloud storage are probably behind the greater enthusiasm this time around. The promised Windows 8 integration could take things to another level. We will just have to wait a bit and see how this all pans out.

In other information technology news

VCE Group, the VMware/Cisco/EMC consortium created last year, has introduced two new Vblocks and adopted VPLEX to federate the new Coud system to the enterprise segment.

VCE's new Vblock system is designed from pre-integrated Cisco UCS X86 servers and Nexus switches, VMware vSphere server virtualization solutions and EMC VMAX/VNX storage arrays. It is ordered, configured and operated as a single, unique system.

VPLEX integration was recently announced at EMC World in Las Vegas. With it, system admins can now have a pool of geographically dispersed Vblocks across the Cloud.

VCE says that entire data centre workloads can be moved between them. Flashing its hybrid cloud card, VCE says this could be utilized to transfer whole workloads between private and public clouds as well.

There are two main classes of Vblock: the entry-level Series 300 with VNX arrays and the high-end Series 700 with VMAX arrays, which had just one model, the MX.

VCE has introduced a smaller LX Series 700 Vblock, which is more cost-effective and easier to manage than the 700 MX. It is intended for virtualization and cloud deployments supporting thousands of virtual machines and servers.

A third class of Vblock has also been introduced, the Vblock Data Protection, that includes Avamar and Data Domain deduping disk-based protection and Recover Point replication plus VPLEX.

Vblock DP can protect other VBlocks and send its data to a remote VBlock DP. There are also new EMC Unified Infrastructure Manager features including more storage infrastructure services, expanded VMware integration and central monitoring of many Vblock systems.

In a Q & A session, VCE chairman Michael Capellas said that EMC arrays running apps were not going to be included in Vblock configurations, however.

VCE added that the business community is going really well and that enterprise customers are lapping up converged systems at a faster rate than was anticipated in mid-2011.

Source: Sun Hosting.

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