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Weekend upgrades: IPv6 and service in Asia

By Bjarni RĂșnar 2012-06-19, 16:45

This weekend we plan a major update to the PageKite service.

The upgrades will affect all of our existing front-end relays in the U.S.A. and Europe, including those hosting our dynamic DNS infrastructure, website and user database. We will attempt to keep all disruptions to the service to a minimum, but some downtime is expected.

The purpose of the upgrades are as follows:

  1. Deploy new, higher performance front-end relay code.
  2. Prepare our IPv6 roll-out by rebooting servers in capable datacenters.
  3. Bring a new front-end relay in Japan on-line to improve service to our Asian users.

Work is expected to begin at 13:00 GMT on Saturday, June 23. It is expected to complete at or around 18:00, but service interruptions should be of a much shorter duration. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Progress log, June 23

  • 14:10 - Front-end restarts completed successfully, we have IPv6 addresses!
  • 16:12 - Our dynamic DNS now supports IPv6 and we flew the first public IPv6-enabled kite!
  • 17:40 - Japan is now on-line. Allow a few days for DNS to notice.
  • 20:15 - Upgrades appear to be complete.


  1. Fred said on 2012-06-19, 23:10
    What's the IPv6 plan? Will my kites be available over IPv6 transparently at some point? That would be nice :)

    Good luck with the upgrade
  2. Bjarni RĂșnar Einarsson said on 2012-06-21, 21:15

    The plan is to initially allow connections over IPv6 to the front-ends, and then start testing visibility of kites on IPv6. Without a bit more testing it's a little hard to say whether it makes sense to enable IPv6 for all the kites all the time - that might actually cause problems for people.

    We haven't put times on any of these features yet, we just want to make the addresses usable so we can start our own internal testing and make sure everything works. When it does, we'll just flip the switch...

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