Keeping the Internet running smoothly is no easy task for anyone actually, however when the online powers of the world get together for a new strategy in technology mechanics – then the world pays attention. Thus World IPv6 Day is born.
World IPv6 Day, also known as World Internet Protocol Version 6 day may sound like something out of the future, but it is a modern day renaissance focusing on keeping the backbone of the Internet fluid and efficient by introducing the long touted IP Address version 6 framework that has been put on hold for development in the last few years.
Every device, every website – everything that requires an Internet connection – also requires an IP Address. You can also call an IP Address the “phone number” of the online realm. In order to call out or call in, well, you need that special “phone number” to know exactly who it is you are calling, and where you are calling to. This comparison of IP Address to phone number can better place a vision in your line of sight that the world is running out of IP addresses due to the influx of mobile devices and new websites introduced each and every day to the world wide web.
So what to do, what to do? Well, if you are Google, Facebook, or hundreds of other technology oriented companies, then you set aside one day in the year to undergo major IP testing for this up and coming new framework called IPv6 – truly a longer “phone number” like we summarized above. IPv6 will allow for millions more Internet connections to proceed, without risk of running out of our unique IP Address number that we unknowingly need and cherish each day. IPv6 is needed if we are to continue to grow the Internet in leaps and bounds, expanding our tech driven online world further down the rabbit hole.
While not much mainstream coverage was given the day of the event, World IPv6 Day was held with a large success on June 8, 2011. This day was set aside for the largest companies in technology to test IPv6 against their current platforms and ensure a compatible transition while providing certainty for moving forward with the technology set to replace IPv4. IPv4 only supports 4.3 billion IP addresses! We need more, right? Actually, it is hard to fathom that with 4.3 billion of those “phone numbers” we are actually due to run out soon.
IPv6 has been in development for over 12 years now with the anticipation that this crowding of the Internet was coming at some point, and the expansion from 4.3 billion IP addresses in IPv4 to 340 undecillion IP addresses in IPv6 will somehow meet our need better. If we run out of that many, then we have a real problem Houston!
So, success was announced from the trial run on World IPv6 Day, and everyone came out pretty much happy. When can we see the switch occur for ISP’s and the like? The Internet Society’s ballpark estimates puts major adoption within the next 5 years with little notice to the way we currently experience the web.
IPv6 means that longer “phone number” is coming to a computer near you!