IPv6 – what’s the buzz about a technology that has been available for over a decade?

If you enter IPv6 into your favourite search engine you will find a plethora of blogs and docs that have been written about IPv6 over the years, and let’s face it the technology has been available since the end of the last millennium. So it’s about time that the world as a whole took to implementing the technology on a global scale.

The problem with IPv6 uptake was that it had too many successful stop gaps that helped slow the ever decreasing number of IPv4 addresses. Simple yet cost effective solutions such as Network Address Translation (NAT) have managed to slow down the depletion so that only certain areas of the world have needed to invest in IPv6.

So what’s all the buzz about a technology that has been available for over a decade? Well 2011 looks to finally be the year that the IPv4 address space will begin to dry up. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) exhausted its supply of those lovely 32 bit IPv4 addresses on the 1st Feb this year. Thankfully only the Regional Internet Registries (RIR) who provide IP addresses to organisations such as Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and independents were directly affected. However the RIR supplies are decreasing at a fairly rapid rate.

With this depletion in mind, businesses around the globe have had to pay serious attention to IPv6. Whether you’re an ISP or an enterprise organisation, if you don’t have a plan to implement then you are now lagging behind. Indeed, with all these organisations either planning rollouts, or having IPv6 implemented, they’ve even created an event ‘World IPv6 day’ taking place on 8th June 2011. Several of the major players on the Web such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo! will be testing out IPv6 for 24 hours to ensure that their systems will be compatible for the future requirements of IPv6.

As for DediPower we are already ahead of the game having initiated our IPv6 implementation to ensure our customers can take advantage of this technology as soon as they need to.

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