Posts Tagged ‘IPv6 World Launch’
Organized by the Internet Society, ‘World IPv6 Day’ on 8 June 2011 saw top websites and internet service providers around the world successfully trial the new protocol. This gave participants a chance to investigate known challenges of IPv6 adoption further and for a few new challenges to present themselves. In the year that has followed, network engineers worked hard with companies delivering networking equipment to solve the problems identified in the trial.
You may have noticed that there has been a lot of noise about IPv6 recently, with the ‘World IPv6 Launch’ taking place on 6 June 2012. However, you might wonder why progress remains so low. Well, the main factor is that IPv6 and IPv4 are two completely separate protocols. IPv6 is not backwards-compatible with IPv4, meanwhile IPv6-only hosts are unable to connect to the traditional IPv4 Internet.
Unfortunately this distinction is a decision that was made over 15 years ago; but it is only now that we are faced with the issues this creates. It means that for a relatively long period of time we will have two separate internet ‘universes’ – one old (IPv4) and one new (IPv6).