Cloud web hosting provider DigitalOcean has announced that public IPv6 addresses are now available for all virtual servers (known in DigitalOcean-speak as “Droplets”) in its new Singapore region data center.
With networked devices being assigned individual IPs and the number of devices worldwide rapidly increasing, the IT industry has been working for many years to transition away from the legacy IP address standard IPv4, which is running out, to IPv6, which provides a larger address space.
IPv6 was one of the features most requested by its user community, according to a Monday blog post from DigitalOcean.
In an update to users who requested IPv6, DigitalOcean Cofounder Moisey Uretsky noted that Singapore was the first location to support IPv6, because it runs on the new v1.5 backend code.
As the new code rolls out across more existing regions (starting with its San Francisco data center, SFO1), IPv6 will become available in those regions. Uretsky, however, noted that there’s no timeframe in which this will happen, partly due to the noting the enormity of this task.
But DigitalOcean should be able to bring more IPv6-capable facilities in the next few months. From this point onwards, all new DigitalOcean data centers will support IPv6 from day one, and several new facilities in Europe are slated to launch in the next 1 to 3 months
Many hosting providers have been working over the past few years to transition to IPv6, which requires various IPv6 network infrastructure components such as load balancers, routers, DNS, firewalls, and network connectivity.
Last week, Micrsoft Azure hit a rough patch when it admitted it had run out of US-region IPv4 addresses, getting around it by assigning non-US IPv4 addresses to services hosted in the US.
Since its launch in 2011, DigitalOcean has emerged as a web host that’s particularly popular among developers, which may have to do with their efforts to make cloud hosting easier than its competitors. In March, the company closed a $37.2 million Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz that also included IA Ventures and CrunchFund.