The day has come, and Google has started the new beginning of the Internet by World IPv6 Launch, coordinated by the Internet Society. When the Internet was first launched operationally in 1983, no one ever thought we will cross the billions and billions of devices and we will run out of space.
To overcome this, World IPv6 Launch (coordinated by the Internet Society) has setup IPv6 today which includes all participating websites, Internet Service Providers (ISP), and network hardware manufacturers to switch on IPv6 permanently in parallel with IPv4.
We all know, to connect to the Internet we require an IP address specified to a machine, which is in IPv4 or 2^32 addresses (about 4.3 billion). Since, the number of connected devices are increasing and we are running short of IP addresses (numerical label which identifies every computer). Now, we can relied on IPv6 which expands the limit to 2^128 addresses which is more than 340 trillion. Cool?
Check out the cool video for some more information about the IPv6 Launch:
Though, the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 will take sometime, but isn’t it cool that the new ERA of Internet has atleast begin. Some of the users who are still using an old hardware may need to upgrade their home routers or possibly download updated operating system software to enable IPv6 in parallel with IPv4.
Google as always come up with a great way to check if you are ready for the future. You can check out more about it here.
If you’re interested in when you’ll get IPv6 connectivity, we suggest this is the right time to reach out to your ISP and ask for an upgrade.