Net Access Blog

IPv4 Era Comes to a Close, But Not at Net Access

Posted by Dan Spataro on Sep 27, 2015 8:21:21 PM

The American Registry for Internet Numbers announced late last week that its free pool of IPv4 addresses has reached zero. There is a waiting list for reclaimed/returned IPv4 space and an active IPv4 transfer market but this event marks the end of the ARIN allocated IPv4 era.

The total amount of IPv4 space is 4.3 billion addresses which was a staggering number when IPv4 was first deployed in the early 1980s. In today’s internet (over 3 billion internet users and climbing) where everyone seemingly has a need for multiple IP connected devices, 4.3 billion IPv4 addresses are quickly becoming exhausted. IPv6 is here to fix this problem but many providers are slow to adopt the technology, leaving IPv4 critical to the workings of the internet.

ARIN may be out of IPv4 space, but not Net Access. We started off 20 years ago as a dial-up ISP and as a result have close to 1 million IPv4 addresses under our ASN and several hundred thousand still available. Like any responsible Internet provider we have a strict IP allocation policy but there are many legitimate reasons why a customer could require a large amount of IP space. From a hosting company needing a /23 to a VoIP provider needing a /29 Net Access can provide those IPv4 addresses.

Our network has been IPv4/IPv6 dual stack since 2008 and we know our “stash” of IPv4 space will not last forever. So if you have a project that requires a lot of IP space, and have a preference for IPv4, come talk to us, we’d be happy to figure out if we can help.

 

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Topics: network

Net Access Establishes Direct IP Peering with Verizon

Posted by Dan Spataro on Aug 4, 2015 8:34:31 AM

We are pleased to announce that effective last month the Net Access IP network is now directly connected to the Verizon IP backbone. With this new direct peering arrangement our network customers will see improved performance with reduced congestion and lower latency when exchanging traffic with Verizon subscribers. They will also benefit from increased redundancy (by reducing the dependence on transit providers), dedicated, not shared, capacity and increased routing control over traffic. Since Verizon is one of the largest ASNs in the market, this is an especially significant milestone for customers with Internet facing applications/websites, and who distribute content via infrastructure located in our data center.

The below graph illustrates the improvements we have seen in both latency and packet loss since moving from transit providers to direct peering with Verizon late in week 26:

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Topics: network, IP