IPv6

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 The next evolution of the Internet is IPv6, which will enable every device to connect to the Internet and will change the way it is used. The Internet Society supports efforts to advance, and expects increased momentum of IPv6 deployment and over the next several years across a broad range of Internet-related industries. 

By providing expanded address space, allowing global addressability for every device on the planet, IPv6 enables: 

  •   existing organizations to continue to grow their part of the Internet
  •  new businesses the ability to enter and add to the continued growth of the Internet
  • business continuity and a limiting of business risk during the transition
  •  New uses of the Internet protocol, such as a means for connecting new mobile computing devices, Smart Grid technology, and even for connecting multiple components within an automobile 

Leading companies in every significant sector of the Internet industry are building IPv6 technology into their products and services: 

  • Many hardware and software manufacturers, including the current version of every major consumer computer operating system now support IPv6 (Apple’s Mac OS X, Microsoft’s Windows)
  •  Router companies, such as Cisco and Juniper
  •  An increasing number of network operators and service providers around the world: 

o   Hurricane Electric  

o   France’s Free network (http://www.free.fr) began offering IPv6 service on a commercial basis to its subscribers in December 2007  (http://www.iliad.fr/en/presse/2007/CP_IPv6_121207_eng.pdf) 

o   NTT’s Hitari TV service uses IPv6 

  •  Content providers such as Google and Netflix are IPv6 enabling their services to provide better connections to devices coming on the market such as next-generation cell phones and new set-top boxes 

What should people/companies do about IPv6? 

  • Enterprises should speak to those who are responsible for their network operations about adding IPv6 accessibility. This will ensure that all users will continue to be able to see their website, use web-based services, and communicate with them via e-mail. 
  • Service Providers should begin planning to connect customers via both IPv4 and IPv6 now and factor in IPv6 when purchasing equipment. 
  • Equipment vendors should introduce IPv6 support into their product cycles as soon as possible. 
  • Content providers should begin planning to connect hosting customers via both IPv4 and IPv6 now encourage customers to use IPv6 and test their applications over it as soon as possible. 

 

 

 

 

Background 

IPv6 is the new version of the Internet protocol that will eventually replace IPv4, the protocol that has supported the Internet for the past 40 years. 

 

Due to anticipated increase in demand, Regional Internet Registries will likely deplete the IPv4 address pool in early 2011. 

 

•We’re running out of IPv4 address space 

•IPv6 must be adopted for continued Internet growth 

•IPv6 is not backwards compatible with IPv4 

•We must maintain IPv4 and IPv6 simultaneously for many years 

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