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IPv6: A New Internet Protocol to Expand the Web by Trillions of Addresses

June 14th, 2012    Posted in Internet, web hosting, web server news
 

Maybe you did not notice, but the online universe extended overnight by trillions on June 6th, 2012. At midnight, Greenwich Mean Time, on June 6th, 2012, World IPv6 (the new Internet protocol system) Launch took place. According to the Internet Society, this means the introduction of more than “340 trillion, trillion, trillion” new IP addresses into the online world.

Every single device connected to the internet (World Wide Web) had an IP address. Since the beginning of the Internet, we have been using the IPv4 Internet addressing system. However, the problem is IPv4 IP addressing system can only provide about 4 billion unique IP addresses. And back in February 2011, ICANN (International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) handed out the last of the IPv4 addresses that were available.

That was when IPv6 came out. It could provide about 340 trillion trillion trillion (340,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 – 340 x 1036) new IP addresses, a number that could provide the world-wide-web with virtually unlimited space for its growth, from today and into the near future. According to Google, the number is so big that in the future not only your computers, phones, but watches, TVs, cars, and even fridges would have their own IP addresses. And you will be able to control your everyday appliances and other objects with just a click on an application.

“IPv6 is a long-term investment to ensure the Internet continues to be open to innovation”, said Leslie Daigle, chief Internet technology officer at the Internet Society.

Although big Internet names like Google, YouTube, Yahoo and Facebook have come on board to connect, the total transition to IPv6 will not happen overnight. And IPv4 addresses are also not going to disappear in the near future. They will be around until the entire internet converts into IPv6, which is a process that would take some time.

At VpsWebServer.com, we believe that IPv6 is really important for the continued health and progress of the world-wide-web. And we will be handing out the IPv6 IP addresses to our VPS hosting customers, as soon as they become available to us. So if you are interested to know whether you are already using IPv6 you can visit ipv6test.google.com to find out.

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