The Internet Society today launches IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) considered by many as the Internet of the 21st century.
The World IPv6 Launch represents a major milestone in the global deployment of IPv6. IPv6 is the successor to the current Internet Protocol, IPv4. The Internet Society believes that IPv6 is critical to the Internet’s continued growth as a platform for innovation and economic development.
When the Internet launched in 1983, its creators never thought that billions of computers and mobile devices will be using it to go online. The Internet so far has around 4.3 billion of space. IPv6, on the other hand, will expand the limit to more than 340 trillion.
Joining the World IPv6 Launch today are tech giants Microsoft, Google, Comcast, Facebook, Yahoo and more.
“Today’s World IPv6 Launch, coordinated by the Internet Society, marks the day that participating websites, Internet Service Providers (ISP), and network hardware manufacturers switch on IPv6 permanently in parallel with IPv4,” Google’s Vint Cerf said.