Hurricane Electric has announced that it has become the first Internet backbone in the world to connect to over 100 unique Internet exchanges.

As an early leader in the switch to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), Hurricane Electric now runs the largest IPv6 network on the planet and has been at the forefront of providing high-speed Internet connectivity to organizations throughout the world using: 100GE (100 Gigabit Ethernet), 10GE (10 gigabit Ethernet), and GigE (1 gigabit Ethernet) connections. Thanks to these 100 different exchange connections and private interconnects with other major networks, Hurricane Electric has improved connectivity in each geographic region and as a result, Hurricane Electric customers have been able to experience increased throughput, reduced latency and improved reliability. In addition, customers have also had the benefit of directly exchanging IP traffic, or “peering,” with Hurricane Electric’s global Internet backbone as well improved fault tolerance, load balancing and congestion management infrastructure capabilities in the delivery of next generation IP services.

Illustrating the urgent need for IPv6, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) announced last year the final phase of the ARIN IPv4 countdown, and as a result, it is expected that the organization will  have a waiting list for IPv4 addresses starting this summer.

In addition, Cisco’s Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2014–2019 anticipates that global IP traffic will surpass the zettabyte threshold in 2016 and the two zettabyte threshold in 2019. It also states that global IP traffic has experienced a fivefold increase in the past five years, and will increase nearly threefold over the next 5 years. The report goes on to predict that IP traffic will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of twenty three percent from 2014 to 2019.

“Hurricane Electric is committed to delivering quality, high-speed Internet connectivity to the global community and this milestone of connecting to more than 100 exchanges illustrates that,” said Mike Leber, President at Hurricane Electric. “With the rapid depletion of IPv4 addresses globally, our standing as the world’s largest IPv6 provider confirms that Hurricane Electric is the most able to provide enterprises throughout the world with the best native IPv6 connectivity.”

Employing resilient fiber-optic topology, Hurricane Electric 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. IPv6 at Hurricane Electric is a core service and every customer is provided IPv6 connectivity as well as classic IPv4 connectivity.