Wednesday, June 8, 2011

IPv6 24-hour test run going on... RIGHT NOW

..and you're missing it!

Today, a handful (actually approx 84 domains are operational as of right now) of sites are trying out IPv6 capabilities for their public facing domains/sites. This includes some government organizations, private companies, technology corporations and educational facilities.

IPv6 is the next iteration of internet addressing due to running out of addresses (public IP addresses) using the older IPv4 standard. 

From the wikipedia article:

The most important feature of IPv6 is a much larger address space than in IPv4. The length of an IPv6 address is 128 bits, compared to 32 bits in IPv4.[1] The address space therefore supports 2128 or approximately 3.4×1038
addresses. By comparison, this amounts to approximately 5×1028
addresses for each of the 6.8 billion people alive in 2010.[17] (In addition, the IPv4 address space is poorly allocated, with approximately 14% of all available addresses utilized.[18]) While these numbers are very large, it was not the intent of the designers of the IPv6 address space to assure geographical saturation with usable addresses.

test your IPv6 capability here ->

Check out some sites that are doing the test ->

Sources -> & &

Learn more about IPv6 here -> (free for the time being Cisco-led training) 
or here -> if you like the less formal and not as factual approach ->

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