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IPv6 and the ignorance of hosters

November 5, 2013 - 3:48 pm

A few weeks ago I received an e-Mail from a German server hosting company.  They told me about their completely renewed product range which now has the best cost-benefit ratio in the world. I remember that I got in contact with them years ago but then decided to rent my server from another provider.

OK, the e-Mail sounded extremely marketing oriented and so does their website.
But since the offerings looked quite reasonable I decided to give them a chance and replied with a list of technical questions.

One of them was about the size of the IPv6 subnet they are going to assign me. I was a bit confused that I couldn’t find anything about IPv6 at all on their website.

The answer came a few days later. I somehow expected it even though I never really believed that a root-server hoster could ever afford this kind of ignorance. But here it is (translated from German):

Indeed we do not YET offer IPv6 but it is already on our road map. This means it will be realized for you in the very near future.

It’s obvious what that means.

I didn’t answer back and haven’t heard from them, either. No, not quite. In fact I received another generated mail informing me that my very special and not transferable offer will only last until end of October. It seems the only thing they really renewed was their marketing department.

I wonder what’s going to happen in the next months and years. I suspect this is not the only provider ignoring IPv6.

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