Microsoft, Cisco, Google ready for World IPv6 Launch

by CXOtoday Staff    Jan 20, 2012

Major ISPs, networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies are coming together to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services

With the Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses reaching an exhaustion point, the official rollout of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) has begun.

Major Internet service providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world are coming together to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services by 6 June 2012.

“Organized by the Internet Society, and building on the successful one-day World IPv6 Day event held on 8 June 2011, World IPv6 Launch represents a major milestone in the global deployment of IPv6. As the successor to the current Internet Protocol, IPv4, IPv6 is critical to the Internet’s continued growth as a platform for innovation and economic development,” said a statement from the Internet Society.

A host of companies like Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Facebook etc. have shown their commitment by saying that they will ensure their technology is compatible with IPv6 traffic.

“The fact that leading companies across several industries are making significant commitments to participate in World IPv6 launch is yet another indication that IPv6 is no longer a lab experiment; it is here and is an important next step in the Internet’s evolution,” said Leslie Daigle, the Internet Society’s Chief Internet Technology Officer. “And, as there are more IPv6 services, it becomes increasingly important for companies to accelerate their own deployment plans.”

The IPv4 has four billion addresses and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is running out of address space owing to the growth in the network due to the proliferation of smartphones, PCs and other web devices.

“World IPv6 Launch marks a watershed moment in Internet history. It breaks the limits of the original address space to open a vast new territory, trillions upon trillions of times larger, and reinforces the end-to-end architecture that made the Internet so powerful at the beginning,” said Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google in a statement.

According to a study by Global IPv6 Deployment Monitoring Survey, 70 percent of more than 1600 organizations plan to adopt IPv6 by the end of 2012.