World IPv6 Day Is Here

Many websites around the world, including Google and Facebook will be turning on IPv6 support for 24 hours as a test

June 8, 2011

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LONDON -- On 8th June 2011, many websites around the world, including Google and Facebook will be ‘turning on’IPv6-support for 24 hours as a test to identify any problems in IPv6 rollout.

Every computer connected to the Internet has an ‘IP address’ which is used to route traffic across the network. It is the Internet equivalent of a phone number. At present, most of the Internet runs on Internet Protocol Version 4 (or IPv4 for short) however we are approaching the limit of the 4.3 billion available addresses as more of the world’s population comes online.

The new IP version 6 (IPv6) protocol[1] has been around for well over a decade but there has been no real incentive for widescale deployment whilst there has been a plentiful supply of IPv4 addresses. Only in the last year has the topic of IPv6 adoption been in the headlines and we are now seeing some rapid deployment by many of the larger networks as well as consumer equipment manufacturers.

On 8th June 2011, dubbed “World IPv6 Day” at (no time specified) UTC (01:00 BST), some of the world’s largest websites such as Google and Facebook, will be enabling IPv6 across their servers, for a 24-hour ‘test run’ to identify the scale of any problems. They will be joined by companies such as Cisco Systems and other network equipment vendors to identify any remaining issues which need to be addressed. Many such organisations have run limited IPv6 trials or rollouts for some time, but this global test is seen as both as an opportunity to spread the message of the importance of IPv6 rollout, and to identify any final hurdles.

NetConnex Ltd.

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