ESnet IPv6 History
ESnet has worked with IPv6 for many years, and has been centrally involved in pioneering activities and deployments in support of IPv6.
In anticipation of the scalability problems with IPv4 (the current Internet Protocol), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has produced a comprehensive set of specifications that define the next generation Internet Protocol known as IPv6.
ESnet has been working to make the integration of IPv6 with IPv4 as seamless as possible for our customers. ESnet was an early participant in the 6bone IPv6 testbed project, and provided overall management for the 6bone until the 6bone was decommissioned. ESnet also received the first production IPv6 address allocation in July 1999.