Hurricane Electric’s Internet Backbone Now Circles The Earth
Latest milestone will enable the world’s largest IPv6 backbone to get ahead of IPv6 growth as global IPv6 traffic continues to increase.
Hurricane Electric has announced that its global Internet backbone now circumnavigates the globe, enabling lower latency and increased performance between European and Asian networks, and a redundant path to get to Asia from Europe and vice versa.
Hurricane Electric employs a resilient fiber-optic topology and has no less than four redundant paths crossing North America, two separate paths between the U.S. and Europe, and rings in Europe and Asia. Having first deployed IPv6 in 2001, Hurricane Electric offers IPv6 as a core service; every customer is provided IPv6 connectivity as well as classic IPv4 connectivity.
In just the last year, Hurricane Electric has added more than ten new POPs including Madrid, Winnipeg and Denmark, as well as more than fifteen new exchange point connections, providing lower latency and increased network capacity through 100BaseT, 1GigE, 10Gbps, and 100GE service. Earlier this year, Hurricane Electric was recognized for its global position by being named to Renesys’ Baker’s Dozen list of top Internet providers of 2013.
“This milestone reached by Hurricane demonstrates the company’s commitment to growing its global Internet infrastructure,” said Mike Leber, president of Hurricane Electric. “Our network expansion is part of Hurricane Electric's strategic plan to remain ahead of IPv6 growth as global IPv6 traffic is currently increasing and will continue to rise.”
In addition to operating the world’s largest IPv6 network, Hurricane Electric has invested numerous resources into educating network operators and CIOs throughout the globe on the benefits of IPv6 and how to make a seamless transition to the next generation Internet protocol. Currently, Hurricane Electric offers a suite of complimentary tools including IPv6 certification, Tunnel Broker, DNS Service and its Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Toolkit which can aid in the analysis, debugging and reverse engineering of Internet routes and peering relationships.