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IPv6 helps Internode win auDA server hosting

Internode has said that its push for IPv6 in Australia helped it win a lucrative hosting deal with Australian top-level domain manager auDA.
Written by Josh Taylor, Contributor

Internode will exclusively host top-level domain manager auDA's Melbourne infrastructure under a new deal that auDA said was secured through the company's advocacy of the shift to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

The iiNet-owned internet service provider (ISP) has led the charge in Australia for the shift to IPv6 from IPv4 for a number of years, and last month reported that 10 percent of its customers are now using IPv6.

As a result, auDA, the Australian top-level domain manager, chose Internode to host its Melbourne server infrastructure in a new datacentre managed by Internode. AuDA has 13 sites around the world for DNS servers that resolve requests for URLs ending in ".au".

While the terms of the three-year deal were not disclosed, auDA's chief technology officer Adam King said the move to Internode would save the company money, and would allow it to deploy IPv6.

"We wanted to deploy IPv6 and Internode is way ahead of the game in that area. We support IPv6 connectivity at some of our 13 DNS sites globally, so Internode is the last piece of the puzzle for us," he said.

"We've seen IPv6 queries slowly increase, and we expect demand to continue growing over the next few years. At the moment, we can't get comprehensive information from some of our sites, so operating in a fully supported IPv6 environment will give us better-quality information about demand."

Last month, Telstra announced that IPv6 is available for its business ADSL customers.

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