In an earlier post, we talked about the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 protocol. This transition is a necessary one considering the pace that the internet has been growing at during the past 10 years. When IPv4 was created, it was built to support 4 billion unique IP addresses, but with everyone (and their mom and grandma) owning a smart phone, iPad, computer or other internet ready device, (I read that even light bulbs will have an IP address in the future!) that is just simply not enough IP addresses.
IPv6 will support 2 to the 128th power or, wait for it…… approximately 340 undecillion addresses, UNDECILLION, really?! That’s a 1 followed by 36 zeroes. Hopefully, this will be enough IP addresses to hold us over for a few more years.
World IPv6 day, hosted by the Internet Society is a test flight day of IPv6 protocol. On June 8th, all participating organizations including Facebook, Google and Yahoo! will be hosting their content over IPv6 for 24 hours. The ultimate goal of the day is to motivate organizations to prepare for the transition to IPv6 as IPv4 is phased out. Is your ISP ready for the transition to IPv6?
What do you have to do to make sure you are compliant? Nothing really, except stay current with operating system updates and maybe update the software on your router.
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