View Full Version : When will WestHost support IPv6?

01-05-2010, 07:30 AM
It will soon be a business requirement that I have IPv6 addresses for my servers. It's been a great run with WestHost, but I might be forced to look elsewhere if they don't offer IPv6 for their Virtual Servers. I really need it within about 6 months.

01-12-2010, 03:27 PM
Great question Tony and I wish I had a better answer for you. The big problem with IPv6 is getting software vendors to support it. They simply don't see the urgency and therefore don't put any develop time towards their products. The WestHost network itself is IPv6 ready. DNS will require a bit of work but not a hurdle that would stop us from rolling it out. The roadblock we have in front of us is the actual hosting platform. Our 3.0 environment is officially EoL so I know there won't be any IPv6 support on that product. Our 4.0 environment running cPanel will support IPv6 within the next 18-24 months. I truly wish it were sooner. It's becoming more and more difficult to obtain futher IPv4 allocations due to the limited supply of that version. The more demand software vendors have from the general public to support IPv6 will help to get this protocol supported in future releases on a more aggressive timeline. Feel free to post comments to cPanel regarding their roadmap with IPv6.



01-12-2010, 04:39 PM
As of Jan 1, 2010, US government agencies are pressing vendors to be IPv6. As of Jan 1, 2012 it will be MANDATORY for any company interacting with the US government. Waiting till mid/late 2011 to start supporting IPv6 is dangerous. Some US government contracts are now indicating that failure to provide IPv6 connections will be contract violation.

The US government IPv6 roadmap can be found at http://www.circleid.com/pdf/planning_guide_roadmap_toward_ipv6_adoption_in_usg _may2009_final.pdf

Westhost may have a lot invested with cPanel, but if they can't meet the IPv6 need soon, then you may have to find another software package that does.

07-07-2010, 06:47 AM
Any update on IPv6 plans?

07-07-2010, 06:59 AM
I don't think that cPanel has released a version yet but they are committed to it: http://docs.cpanel.net/twiki/bin/view/AllDocumentation/AllFAQ/WHMsFAQ#When_will_cPanel_support_IPv6

07-07-2010, 07:05 AM
Actually found the changelog page for cPanel. http://changelog.cpanel.net/ Looks like the next version (Edge) does have it but it is not a stable release yet.

10-13-2010, 07:41 AM
I guess it's time to ask again. Do the cPanel people understand the government requirements and deadlines for IPv6?

11-28-2010, 11:39 AM
I too am interested in this. I don't use WestHost for DNS for my domains hosted there (at least most of them - it's too limited), so I hope that's a minor concern. What does cPanel need to do for you, besides the DNS aspect? It's not like IPv4 is going away any time soon...

11-29-2010, 12:02 PM
We are in preparation to launch IPv6 capability on our unmanaged dedicated servers in a few months but as you mentioned earlier cPanel only supports IPv4. As far as I know cPanel has not released any details on IPv6 functionality but my guess is that they will soon as it becomes more of a hot button topic.

Here is a good forum post at cPanel on the topic. http://forums.cpanel.net/f145/case-10334-make-cpanel-ipv6-compatible-35453.html

02-03-2011, 09:18 AM
I wonder if today's announcement by ICANN that there are no more blocks of IPv4 address to be handed out will put the fire under somebody to support IPv6 in the WestHost environment?

If cPanel is not going to support it, maybe it's time to cut-n-run to somebody that cares.

02-03-2011, 10:28 AM
Oh I am pretty sure they will get it all sorted out. :) I know that their sister company vps.net has just implemented support for it so I doubt they will be to far behind in an announcement on this here are WestHost. I do realize they are separate companies and systems but there are some links between them.

02-07-2011, 11:46 AM
We actually have the networking and backend set-up/ready for IPv6 to go live on our unmanaged dedicated servers by the end of March since they don't include cPanel. As you can read in that thread, cPanel said they will be supporting IPv6...

From cPanel "Since IPv4 support must be maintained, IPv6 would need to work in conjunction with the product to allow both systems to work, which is a major overhaul on an extensive number of areas. We cannot support IPv6 at the risk of losing working support for IPv4, since the vast number of our customers and users will continue to use IPv4 for many years to come. Both must work and work fully before we can roll out IPv6 compatibility... We do take the process itself seriously in providing this functionality. In fact, we take it seriously enough to ensure not to rush adding the support without fully testing the impact it will have on our product (again, as has been pointed out already)."