IPv6 benefits

January 30, 2012

There has been a lot of hype surrounding migration to Internet Protocol version 6 which will help us to be adequately prepared for the depletion of IPv4 Internet addresses. For example, the mobile network operators should ensure their backend systems are already fully IPv6 compliant. The same should apply to mile delivery and end user devices compliance. IPv6 is needed to support the fast pace of Internet use growth and the explosion in the use of wireless products, quality services, inbuilt security features, enhanced mobility and the need for more IP addresses to facilitate its wider use. If your business has an IPv4 connection to the Internet you won’t be able to access IPv6 websites and vice versa, unless there is a gateway device set up to handle this.

There is no doubt that growth of the Internet has mandated a need for more addresses than are possible with IPv4 and is classic example of basic binary math. IPv4 addresses are divided into four 8-bit chunks to make up an Internet address of a 32-bit number. IPv6 addresses, in comparison, use four 32-bit chunks for a 128-bit number. Dating back to 1981, IPv4 has been the publicly used version of the Internet Protocol and it is currently the foundation for most Internet communications.There are 4.3 billion numeric IPv4 addresses while the new IPv6 addresses expand to a multiple leap of more than 340 trillion. Companies that have websites or other Internet services must get new IPv6-based addresses for their servers and network connections to the outside world so they can handle IPv6 traffic. Consumers will also eventually have to upgrade their digital subscriber lines  and cable modems because although the IPv4 network will still work, they’ll miss out on Internet services available only over IPv6.Join me in embracing the new technology.

Contador Harrison