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Re: IPv6 tunnel for ISP sought

  • From: Kevin Day
  • Date: Sat Mar 22 16:25:04 2008

On Mar 22, 2008, at 2:44 PM, Joel Snyder wrote:

We would like to get an IPv6 tunnel to begin limited testing of IPv6 for customers. Is there any IPv6-savvy ISP out there who will give/ sell tunnels to other ISPs?

Experimentation with SixXS.NET has proven to be problematic, so I'd rather have a more stable and commercial relationship if possible.

You've got a few options.

First, if you're having a problem with SixXS, make sure you let them know. They're good guys there, and their support tends to be faster than some companies we've bought transit from. :) But, you're right, that isn't a commercial service and is more on the "best effort" side of things, instead of the SLA side. There are other services like SixXS that give out tunnels more-or-less automatically ( from Hurricane Electric, is the other big one), but that's also pretty much a best effort service.

If you're wanting more than an auto-created tunnel, because you want to run BGP or have your own space announced, or someone to yell at when it breaks, you'll probably need to find someone who will treat a tunnel like a customer connection.

Hurricane Electric was offering BGP over tunnels at one point, but I don't know if they still are. Sprint made an announcement years ago that they were offering free tunnels with BGP and treated them more or less like customer ports, but I don't know if that's still happening. If your use is really small, we've given some free "tunnels as customers" to a few ISPs, but I don't know if the level of support I'm offering is really what you're looking for either.

I don't know that anyone out there right now is doing a "Tunnels for Dollars" kinda situation, because it's so hard to support. If the v4 path between you and the tunnel provider breaks, there's not always anything anyone can do about it. might be a good place to start.

-- Kevin