We know you are probably already half way through a bottle of your finest sparking wine celebrating World IPv6 Day, but in case you had been living under a rock for the last few months, we thought we’d fill you in.
Back in February, men in black suits with sombre faces gathered in Florida as the final IPv4 addresses were distributed to the five Regional Internet Registries (RIR) by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). It was a sad day, but there was a light at the end of the tunnel - in the shape of IPv6. This new protocol will expand the internet address space to 128 bits making room for approximately 340 undecillion (yes, that's a real number)addresses. There was another problem though, IPv6 deployment has been pretty hit-and-miss so far and as a result, 8 June, 2011 was earmarked as World IPv6 Day in an attempt to grow awareness of the new system. Organised by the Internet Society and with the backing of large online companies such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo!, it allowed these companies to test deployment of IPv6 to see if the world was ready for the new system. Members of the public were invited to take part in the web test but unfortunately if you’ve not signed up by now, you won’t be taking part.
You can however still check whether your DNS server will be able to access IPv6 sites over at the Internet Society website (we checked our service and were shocked to see a 0/10 for IPv6 stability and readiness). “The goal of the Test Flight Day is to motivate organizations across the industry – Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies – to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out,” according to the Internet Society.
While World IPv6 Day will mean little or nothing to the vast, vast majority of people, for those monitoring and regulating the Internet, it will mean quite a lot. It will let them establish what level implementation of IPv6 is at and whether the world is ready to switch over.
Source: Internet Society