In order to grow the world wide web, the society of internet paraphernalia is coming out with IPv6. It’s aim is to allow internet to seep in other devices and hence increasing the number of possible addresses. But moving from IPv4 to IPv6 ain’t that easy, plus the main question looms on transition costs and the time taken. After all, the internet is severing 2.5 billion people and 11 billion devices across the world and we are running out of space.
Although, most of the OS does support IPv6 but routers and servers have no provisions of supporting it. Which would further make the connection between the devices nearly impossible.
If we remember, CNN in 2010 did forecast about the limitations of IPv4 and it seems they were correct.
The internet is full
As per the googleblog, the Internet we’ve relied on so far has space for 2^32 addresses—about 4.3 billion. 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. Without the rollout of Internet Protocol v6 (IPv6), which formally begins today for participating websites and other organizations on the web, we won’t have the room we need to grow.
All DNS servers across the world will turn IPv6 support on permanently. Majority of the users won’t even notice the change. There would be cases where both IPv4 & IPv6 might run parallelly because of certain requirements and user’s won’t be obstructed from the web, some IPv4 addresses have been kept aside for employing “tunnel” requests between IPv6 servers through IPv4 connections.
As a content owner or webmaster, what things should you be focusing on?
Fesler, distinguished Architect at Yahoo, offered the following recommendations:
- If you have a large audience for your site, you should consider prioritizing support for IPv6 users. If you don’t support connections over IPv6, you will be dropping traffic without even knowing it as it won’t make it to your web server logs.
- When you configure your DNS to indicate that your site supports IPv6 connections be sure to test that your web server is actually listening to IPv6 port 80.
- Make sure that your content is virtually identical to your IPv4 content (no cloaking, for obvious SEO reasons).