The internet users are increasing by the passage of each second that leads to an enormous urgency of new internet technology to facilitate these newcomers. Each device such as a computer, tablet or smartphone requires an IP address in order to connect to the internet. Currently, devices are running on the internet protocol version 4 (Ipv6) which allows just over four billion unique IP addresses – the sequences of numbers used to identify a device.
Cisco, the networking giant, predicts that 18.9 billion internet-enabled devices will be online by 2016. Switching to IPv6 means the generation of trillions of new possible addresses. Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) is available now to compensate the high demand of internet. IPv6 is the new standard that allows trillion of new internet addresses to be enabled.
Several companies such as Facebook, Google and major internet service providers have already switched to new standard at 00:01 GMT on 6th June, 2012 in order to encourage the adoption of the new standard.
Internet services experts stated that users would not notice any difference in their web experience while they will be on new the standard.
Vint Cerf, early pioneer of the internet says “The new, larger IPv6 expands the limit to 2^128 addresses—more than 340 trillion, trillion, trillion! Enough for essentially unlimited growth for the foreseeable future.”
“The introduction of IPv6 is the IT equivalent of the move from imperial to metric for measurement; the two can run side by side but aren’t compatible with each other,” explained Mark Lewis, vice president for development for telecommunications firm Interoute.
In order to ensure the smooth transition from IPv4 to IPv6, both standards will work in parallel for next few years.
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