This morning we opened up our IPv6 Sandbox, starting with the most important piece – a globally-distributed recursive IPv6 DNS service. This means if you have IPv6 connectivity, you can now talk to us over native IPv6 transport. Instructions for getting started are over in the sandbox.
Why is this important? As more and more end-users get IPv6 connectivity, many continue to use IPv4 DNS servers. Many of these IPv4 recursive DNS servers don’t have IPv6 connectivity, meaning they can’t talk to other DNS servers over IPv6. As IPv6 adoption increases and content begins to appear that is only accessible over IPv6, it’s critical that people use DNS servers which are able to talk over both IPv4 and IPv6.
This is the first of a number of exciting new announcements we’ll be making over the coming months. If you have IPv6 connectivity, I hope you’ll try out our IPv6 DNS servers and let us know what you think. There isn’t support yet for filtering or dashboard management, but that’s coming soon. We wanted to get this in front of folks now, well ahead of World IPv6 Day on June 8th.
Now we just need a “You’re using IPv6″ button to go along with our Sweet OpenDNS button.