Thursday, 9 June 2011

Catching IP

The internet is currently based on IPv4 but what is Ipv4? Well in short, IPv4 was established in the 1970's and is a pool of around 4.3 Billion IP addresses. However with the introduction of technology which allows us to be continually 'plugged in' such as smart phones, ipods and iPads there are fears IPv4 will not be able to cope with this increasing demand. With this in mind there has been the development of IPv6 which will experimentally kick off next week (8th of June).

With the devastating impact upon business if there are not enough IP addresses to go around many businesses have stepped up to the mark to help with this experimental launch through enabling their sites for IPv6. The primary aim of this experiment will be for business, hardware providers and content providers to test their sites and products on IPv6 to ensure compatibility for when IPv4 can no longer cope.

There has been no set 'switch over' date where IPv6 will fully replace IPv4, so for now this experiment could be called serious future proofing. However with so many companies relying on the internet for business it is understandable why they are airing on the side of caution. Especially since Cisco recently reported internet enabled products and users will rise to over 15 billion by 2015 proving that it will only be a matter of time before we see IPv6 fully ran out.

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