Today is not only specicial for the big D-Day landings, the technology world is also undergoing it’s own D-Day goings-on. Today, as many have dubbed it, is “World IPv6 launch day”.
Big players in the Internet world such as, Facebook, Google, Comcast, Akamai, AT&T, Cisco and other tech heavyweights are all aboard the IPv6 launch day bandwagon, and collectively say:
“… to motivate organisations across the industry – including internet service providers (ISPs), hardware makers, and web companies – to prepare for and permanently enable Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) on their products and services as Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) address space runs out.”
Participating ISPs (Internet Service Providers) have ensured that at least 1% of their residential wireline subscribers who visit participating websites will do so using IPv6. These websites have sworn not to go back to IPv4, which was conceived during the early days of the internet and only allows just over four billion unique IP addresses. Cisco predicts that by 2016, 18.9 billion internet-enabled devices will be online meaning this change is funamental to the growth of the internet.
However, the biggest change has had to be committed to by the home networking sector, with the likes of Cisco, D-Link, NEC AccessTechnica and ZyXel all now shipping IPv6 complient kit as default.
Today’s launch is a follow on from last years ‘IPv6 Day’ which was in effect, a dry run of what is the future.
However, the most interesting fact for your standard home user, is that todays big change should go un-noticed. Whereas in the past if you wanted to access Google via IPv6, you had to go to ipv6.google.com – today, simply go to google.com and if your IPv6 ready you will be served in IPv6.
But how will IPv6 affect your website? Is your website IPv6 complient?
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