Houston, Texas – (The Hosting News) – March 26, 2008 – Privately held dedicated web hosting company, The Planet, along with hosting and web infrastructure service integrator, NTT America, Inc. (NTTA), will offer over 22,000 customers, access to IPv6, the next-generation Internet protocol.
Development on the project begins immediately, and The Planet expects to announce availability in late 2008. IPv6 provides a vast improvement over the current IPv4, deployed in the 1980s, by increasing address space, providing support for mobile devices, and improving quality of service and data security.
Stan Barber, Vice President, Network Operations, at The Planet noted, ”One of our top priorities at The Planet is to make sure all of our customers have access to the best technologies to keep their businesses competitive now and in the future. As the Internet grows in complexity and becomes even more ubiquitous, we’re looking to the future so that we are fully prepared to meet the vast needs of our customers. Working with NTT America allows us to add the considerable benefits of IPv6 to The Planet’s network and to help our customers prepare for the continued impact the Internet will have on their companies.”
As one of the first hosting companies to announce its plans for IPv6, The Planet continues to provide enhancements that give current customers methodologies to be ready today and for the future. By adding NTT America’s IPv6 transit to The Planet network, The Planet will be able to offer each hosting customer an innovative, dual-stack approach, which provides the most efficient approach for using both IPv4 and IPv6 simultaneously.
NTT Communications Group has been directly involved with the development and deployment of IPv6 technology since 1996. With the launch of IPv6 transit services in 2001 and the first IPv6 managed firewall solution in 2005, which was provided by NTT America, the NTT Communications Group established itself as the global leader in commercial IPv6 managed services solutions.
Michael Wheeler, Vice President of Sales and Business Development at NTT America remarked, ”As the operator of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest commercial IPv6 network and with more than ten years of direct involvement with its development and deployment, we are pleased to be able to be working with The Planet to create long-term sustainable growth for their customers on the Internet. We continue to be committed to bringing superior technology, solutions and services to our customers worldwide.”
The NTT Communications Group provides IPv6 Gateway services that are available globally and allow enterprises to connect to the world’s only commercial-grade Global Tier One IPv6 Backbone operating in four continents-North America, Europe, Asia and Australia-and serving thousands of customers. In addition, NTT has improved upon the inherent security features of IPv6 with the creation of its IntelliSecurity IPv6 Managed Firewall solution. The solution complements the NTT Communications Group’s existing suite of managed IPv6 Gateway Services, and satisfies the need for increased security for IPv6 users. NTT America also provides IPv6 transition solutions through its IPv6 Transition Consultancy, which supports companies’ and federal agencies’ smooth transition to the upgraded IPv6 network with specialized products and knowledge accumulated through the NTT Communications Group’s successful commercial implementation of IPv6 technology.
Ultimately, The Planet’s goal is to provide:
- High levels of network capacity and speed to deliver peak performance
- Instant scalability to handle even the largest spikes in network traffic
- Parallel, redundant, multi-tiered network routing and switching architecture to assure reliability and stability
- Multiple layer network security that prevents Delayed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks from harming businesses
- Knowledgeable experts with a passion for excellence and a commitment to operate the best networks in the business
The Planet is a leading provider of On Demand IT Infrastructure solutions, hosting over 22,000 small and medium size businesses and 3.1 million web sites worldwide, using the best choice of servers, software tools and support, backed by enhanced facilities and network connectivity.
For more information about The Planet, please visit: www.theplanet.com.