Today, the online world marks another milestone in the internet history as the Internet Protocol v6, the successor of Internet Protocol v4, is officially launched globally by Internet Society.
Internet Protocol v6, better known as IPv6, is the new internet communication protocol that directs all internet traffic. As you know, the internet works through transmitting data in the form of packets between hosts following some routing protocols. In order for these data reach the right location and make communication between networks possible, each host is assigned an IP adress number. The IP address number follows a scheme such as IPv4 or IPv6. As the demand for greater number of IP address increases, the room space to accomodate all devices becomes smaller and IPv4 isn’t anymore able to sustain this ever growing need. With the launching of IPv6, it opens new and wider expansion to accommodate more devices and internet users, at the same time, providing greater flexibility in allocating addresses and efficiency for routing traffic.
Compared to IPv4, which can only accomodate 232 addresses or about 4.3 billion, IPv6 can accomodate up to 2128 addresses –that’s a whole lot more than 340 trillion IP addresses possible! With its huge room space, IPv6 can vastly welcome more devices that conform to the internet standards while eliminating the IP address exhaustion.
Despite the rumours and myths that IPv6 is somehow undeployable or unusable in a production environment, the world today witness that IPv6 can offer new possibilities and a foreseeable future for essential growth of new devices, web developments and definitely more internet users.
As of today, major sites across the web are already implementing IPv6 in parrallel with IPv4 including Google, Facebook, Firefox, Bing, Yahoo, Wikimedia, AOL and many more! 65 network operators and five home router vendors are also implementing IPv6 today. Internet Society expressed that more organizations are working to get IPv6 deployed in the place and expects an “up and to the right” graph in the near futue.
Last modified: June 7, 2012