Netregistry enables IPv6 for World IPv6 Day

Today is World IPv6 Day and Netregistry is participating by advertising client Websites, Email and DNS via Ipv6. By participating in the IPv6 movement, Netregistry is future proofing their world-class hosting infrastructure and committing to ensuring compatibility with the latest internet standards.

Whilst the current overall percentage of internet traffic using IPv6 is currently quite low, hosting providers must start supporting the protocol if the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 is to be completed and internet address depletion avoided. By advertising client websites and services over IPv6 Netregistry is demonstrating its commitment to the new standard and doing its part in the internet community to address the IPv4 issue.

The number of devices connecting to the internet has grown to volumes that were unimaginable when the internet was first developed. As a result, the available pool of IP addresses that support the backbone of the internet, is nearing depletion, and it has become necessary for a new protocol (IPv6) to be deployed internationally.

Netregistry will today join with some of the world’s largest organisations including Google, Facebook and Yahoo to offer all content over IPv6 for a 24-hour ‘test-flight’.

The event aims to motivate organisations across the industry, including internet service providers, hosting providers and search engines, to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as the IPv4 addresses run out.

It is anticipated that the pool of unutilised IPv4 addresses will be depleted approximately at the end of 2012. This would imply that the Internet would not be able to continue to grow as easily as it has been growing and that it would become more difficult to incorporate new users, devices, services, applications and generally speaking, the innovation of the internet. The deployment of IPv6 is essential to avoid reaching this situation, and it is the only practical solution to IPv4 exhaustion.

Talking about their involvement, Chief Technology Officer at Netregistry, Adam Cassar says "Netregistry recognises the importance of continuing to enable our customers as the Internet evolves. Our business enables the business and community activities of many Australian organisations and each one of them delivers valuable services. IPv6 means we can continue to grow and so can they."

What is IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6)?

IPv6 has been designed as a predecessor to internet protocol version 4 (IPv4). Since 1981, IPv4 has been the foundation for most internet communications. The continuing growth of the internet has resulted in a need for more addresses than is possible with IPv4. IPv6 however allows for vastly more addresses.

IPv6 will enable innovation and allow the internet's continued growth. IPv6 provides end-to-end transmission across multiple IP networks. This will allow for growing numbers of devices and users on the internet as well as extra flexibility in allocating addresses and efficiency for routing traffic.

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2 comments

Personal Home Inspector says:
June 09, 2011 at 10:19 pm

IPV4 can theoretically accommodate about 4.3 billion IP addresses (including reserved addresses for technical feedbacks and simulations) which is roughly the current population of the world. IPV6 can, however, handle about 7,000,000,000 trillion IP addresses which can provide more than enough addresses for even generations unborn. This is one of the major advantages of IPV6 over IPV4.

Online Home Inspector says:
June 09, 2011 at 10:37 pm

IPV4 is not really intended to immediately replace IPV6. Both can live together albeit not unlike the Northern and Souther Protectorates smile.  This gist sounds like the testing of SSL.V3 era where you fear to lose your credit card information to internet criminals. There will definitely be interruptions, but it won’t kill the www altogether for 24 hrs. However I think it was on WallStreetJournal that I read about ISPs already putting in measures to cushion any possible disruption.

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