20 January 2009
NTT America Enables Growth of IPv6 Internet from Switch and Data Network Neutral Data Center
TAMPA, Fla. -- January 20, 2009 -- Switch and Data (NASDAQ: SDXC), a leading provider of data center and Internet exchange services, today announced that NTT America, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) and a Tier-1 global IP network services provider, has completed an expansion across Switch and Data’s colocation facilities in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Seattle, and Palo Alto, CA. Enterprise and service provider customers in Switch and Data’s sites in these markets will now have direct access to the world’s only commercial grade Global Tier-1 IPv6 backbone operating across four continents, the NTT Communications Global IP Network, operated by NTT America. Heralded as the designated successor to IPv4, the current version of Internet protocol, IPv6 provides a much larger Internet address space, among other benefits, and in doing so eliminates the need to use network address translation to avoid address exhaustion.
As of September 2008, there are 39 /8s remaining in the IPv4 free address pool. The Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) have collectively allocated about ten to twelve /8s of IPv4 address space each year, on average. If that trend continues unchanged, by mid-2012 the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and the other RIRs will no longer be able to allocate large new blocks of IPv4 address space. This scenario assumes that demand does not increase – which is unlikely, given the ever increasing number of Internet-enabled devices. This scenario also assumes no industry panic (hoarding, withholding, etc.), no Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) or RIR policy changes, and no other external factors influencing address space allocations, any of which could push the IPv4 depletion date earlier. Once IPv4 address space is depleted, Internet growth cannot be sustained without adopting IPv6.
"The new Internet protocol, IPv6, significantly improves the function and commercial use of the Internet in terms of scalability, security, mobility and network management," said Kazuhiro Gomi, CTO of NTT America and vice president of the NTT Communications Global IP Network. "Even with the current economic situation we continue to see traffic growth above 70% annually. With more and more people using the Internet, more mobile devices accessing the Internet and social networking sites becoming ever more popular, the time to upgrade to the new Internet protocol is now. We are very pleased to have an Internet exchange partner like Switch and Data, a company that shares our vision for IPv6 and can help foster its adoption in the United States."
"IPv6 connectivity is critical for U.S. firms conducting international business, acquiring or merging with foreign companies, and working with foreign governments, and we’re excited that NTT America is rapidly growing its network with customers across our footprint," said Ernie Sampera, chief marketing officer for Switch and Data. "Our long experience offering IPv6 peering on our PAIX® Internet exchange combined with our broad footprint of sites and high customer densities make Switch and Data the natural partner to help NTT America achieve its growth objectives."
NTT America reports demand for IPv6 services from downstream Internet service providers, universities, research institutions, next generation application providers and organizations that focus on wireless technologies. The company already counts a number of customers in Switch and Data’s facilities. NTT America’s award winning IPv6 transit service is available in native, tunneled or dual stack modes on different interfaces up to 10GigE.
An early adopter of IPv6, Switch and Data has incorporated IPv6 services into its Layer 2 PAIX® Internet exchanges at all sites. Customers can implement IPv4, IPv6, or dual IPv4/IPv6 peering using a single peering port with no extra charges and no special usage or setup fee.
About Switch and Data
Switch and Data is a premier provider of network-neutral data centers that house, power, and interconnect the Internet. Leading content companies, enterprises, and communications service providers rely on Switch and Data to connect to customers and exchange Internet traffic. Switch and Data has built a reputation for world-class service, delivered across the broadest colocation footprint and richest network of interconnections in North America. Switch and Data operates 34 sites in the U.S. and Canada, provides one of the highest customer satisfaction scores for technical and engineering support in the industry, and is home to PAIX® – the world's first commercial Internet exchange. For more information, please visit http://www.switchanddata.com/.
About NTT America
NTT America is North America’s natural gateway to the Asia-Pacific region, with strong capabilities in the U.S. market. NTT America is the U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation, the global data and IP services arm of the Fortune Global 500 telecom leader: Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation (NTT). NTT America provides world-class Enterprise Hosting, managed network, and IP networking services for enterprise customers and service providers worldwide. For additional information on NTT America, visit us on the Web at www.nttamerica.com.
U.S. product information regarding the NTT Communications Global IP Network and its award winning IPv6 transit services may be found at http://www.us.ntt.net/, by calling 877-8NTT-NET (868-8638), or by emailing email@example.com.
About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Com delivers high-quality voice, data and IP services to customers around the world. The company is renowned for its diverse information and communication services, expertise in managed networks, hosting and IP networking services, and industry leadership in IPv6 transit technology. The company’s extensive global infrastructure includes Arcstar™ private networks and a Tier 1 IP backbone (connected with major ISPs worldwide), both reaching more than 150 countries, as well as secure data centers in Asia, North America and Europe. NTT Com is the wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, one of the world’s largest telecoms with listings on the Tokyo, London and New York stock exchanges. Please visit www.ntt.com.
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