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IPv6: A Solution to The Web’s Dilemma

Written on June 07, 2011 by R. Cruise

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Today is World IPv6 Day and Google leads the charge to test and adopt the new Internet Protocol.

IPv6 is the solution to the Internet’s problem of running out of addresses, a problem that’s been floating around for a few months,

, the Internet Society, and several other web companies announced in January the World IPv6 Day, when each organization would enable IPv6 addresses on their websites for a 24-hour period. The list of organizations has now grown to more than 400 tech companies, which includes , , , and several others.

These services of these companies have been edited, upgraded and prepared for the IPv6 changes. The 24-hour test period will enable the organizations mentioned to ensure bug-free IPv6 support.

Google says that it’s unlikely for users to notice the test. Around .05% of systems involved is estimated, especially home network equipment like routers, may not revert to IPv4 after the tests. Those affected might find some of the aforementioned sites slow or unresponsive.

IPv6 is the sixth revision to the Internet Protocol and is IPv4’s descendant. The two protocols supply the unique addresses necessary for Internet-connected devices to communicate. Nonetheless, IPv6 uses 128-bit Internet addresses. IPv4 and IPv6 run as parallel networks, hence exchanging data between these protocols requires special gateways.

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