The countdown has begun; the launch of IPv6 is getting closer and just in time! The explosion in the number of people, devices, and web services on the Internet means that IPv4 is running out of space. Mobile visionary and CEO of Ericsson, Hans Vestberg, predicted the growth in the number of connected devices to rise from 5 billion to 50 billion by 2020.
There is an increasing need for Internet Protocol Version 6, with the current IPv4 having approximately four billion IP addresses, space is becoming scarce. IPv6, the next-generation Internet protocol which provides more than 340 trillion, trillion, trillion addresses, will connect the billions of people not connected today and will help ensure the Internet can continue its current growth rate indefinitely.
aql took part in the ‘test flight’ in 2011 and will again be supporting the Internet Protocol upgrade. Last year, on 8th June 2011, top websites and Internet service providers around the world, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight Networks joined together with more than 1000 other participating websites in World IPv6 Day for a successful global-scale trial of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6.
Almost a year to the day on the 6th June 2012 IPv6 will be launched building on the successful one-day World IPv6 Day event. Home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world are coming together to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services by 6 June 2012.
Many of aql’s services including DNS, routing and all colocation services are already ‘IPv6’ ready and we can wear our IPv6 ‘Ripe-ness’ t-shirts with pride. What’s RIPE-ness ? See ripeness.ripe.net for more details!
Visit the official website for more information about World IPv6 Day Launch, products, and services covered, as well as links to useful information for users and information about how other companies may participate.
Want to find out your IPv6 readiness? Follow this link to test your IPv6 connectivity.