Let us face the facts, technology moves faster every single day. And considering how fast that technology is moving, both in concept and in reality, will IPv6 (IP address version 6) even be implemented in time? At the rate things are going now, a new study has shown the current time table for implementation of IPv6 to be finished up around the year 2148 – will we even need it then?
IPv6 is more efficient and secure than IPv4, it is also friendlier to mobile devices which are exploding right now in popularity. Over 4 billion IPv4 addresses exists now, but believe it or not, that can’t cover the amount of IP addresses that are needed in the world. On the contrary, IPv6 has the sufficient amount of addresses to cover every atom of every thing on earth – along with about 100 more planets just like it. Mind blowing? Right?
But with the adoption rate of IPv6 protocol, the Internet has already ran out of assignable IP addresses and is working on private stock or leasing from the companies or brokers that own them. With websites pushing more data to more places in the world, server companies have a good idea of what this means for the long-term growth of the Internet.
Born in 1996 (or close around that time) IPv6 came out offering around 340 trillion x 3 unique identifiers. It was hyped as the solution for long growth that could “never be used up” with a supply greater than ever would be needed. It was also designed to make things less private, but more secure and delivery huge packets across broadband connections. A very helpful subject for steaming media providers like YouTube, Netflix, or Hulu.
NAT (Network Address Translation) has actually help slow the rushed need for IPv6 implementation, as it allows providers to use a single IPv4 address to host multiple devices or servers. The cost to implement IPv6 has not been helpful either due to the large investment of time and money needed to make it happen. Something most mid and small size businesses can not afford to do at this time.
Time will tell as the future rolls on if the date of 2148 will move up any, but with the current standards and time it looks to be a fairly accurate year before IPv6 will be fully implemented. The question now is will something come along in technology before then that makes IPv6 obsolete?