IPv6 – Welcome to "The Bigger Internet"
We are happy to announce that we are now offering native IPv6 support for all our cloud servers. By enabling IPv6 on your servers today, you can directly reach the rapidly growing number of IPv6 users around the world.
To get you started, we have summarized the most important aspects for you:
Why you should use IPv6 now
An increasing number of Internet users and devices are already using IPv6, some of them even without having a "legacy" IPv4 address. Once you enable IPv6 on a server, they can access your services more efficiently: fewer DNS requests, no more NAT, and no bottlenecks imposed by tunneling services which were required to connect both worlds. Did you know that various content providers report application performance improvements of up to 25% when using IPv6?
Let's face it: IPv6 is state of the art.
How to enable IPv6 on your virtual servers
IPv6 can be enabled for both existing and new virtual machines: When creating a new VM, simply check "Enable IPv6" and do not forget to add according AAAA records to your DNS zones – that's it! For existing VMs, click on the "Enable IPv6" button in the "Network" tab of our cloud control panel. You will also find instructions on how to get DHCPv6 up and running for your virtual server's operating system there.
By default, we assign a single IPv6 address per VM. Need more? Our support is happy to route up to a /48 to your VM's IPv6 address on request.
A quick note on security
You will possibly want to add according firewall rules when enabling IPv6 on your servers. Please remember to allow DHCPv6 traffic when sticking with our default way of assigning IPv6 addresses.
Switzerland is one of the world's leaders in IPv6 adoption. With cloudscale.ch, you can be, too.
Your cloudscale.ch team
PS: Our CEO, Manuel Schweizer, gave a speech at the IPv6 Business Conference in Zurich last week. You can download the slides of all presentations at www.ipv6conference.ch/sessions/