Irish Web Host Blacknight Launches IPv6-Enabled Shared Hosting Platform

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Irish web hosting provider Blacknight announced on Thursday that its new IPv6-enabled shared hosting platform is now available out of its Carlow data center.

The new hosting services, called Next Generation or NG for short, are built on CloudLinux LVE technology which will give users more stability. It will also eliminate the noisy neighbor affect, where single sites can take down a web server or slow other sites on the same server down.

“From a technical perspective we’ve been waiting for the market to catch up to what we wish to offer,” Blacknight CTO Paul Kelly said. “We are ready to handle the volume and we’ll have the ability to ‘migrate’ customers from Shared Hosting (Legacy) to our Next Generation shared hosting platform.”

Blacknight’s NG Hosting services are supported by 6 core Xeon E5 series servers with 64GB of RAM. The company will offer MySQL 5.1.73 databases initially, with plans to offer newer SQL versions down the road. On the new platform users will be able to select between several versions of PHP.

NG Hosting users will have a shared IPv4 address and a dedicated IPv6 address. Blacknight claims to be the first company to offer IPv6 shared hosting to the Irish market. Enabling IPv6 is becoming more necessary as IPv4 addresses are set to deplete by December 2014, and ARIN is down to its final /8 block of available IPv4 addresses.

“We are always looking to bring the best of breed technology to the Irish market and we hope that this helps drive adoption and demand for IPv6,” Blacknight CEO Michele Neylon said.

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  1. Ross Chandler

    Congrats to Blacknight for doing this, it is vote of confidence in the future, because most people in Ireland will not be able to access the sites over IPv6. It is high time Irish ISPs started providing ordinary broadband users with the necessary IPv6 access.