Monthly Archives: June 2012

IPv6 turned on today. Happy birthday new bigger Internet

IPv6 will be turned on as of today that will facilitate the new larger version of the internet, especially with the internet of things becoming a reality. There is an every increasing quantity of devices and they all need their own unique address, to ensure that they can talk to each other.

In 1983 the internet was launched. IPv4, which was kind of like allocating 4.3 billion telephone numbers. And last year they were all used up officially. It was actually a few years back but ISPs had been sharing IPs between users and people internally within an org or a provider have local addresses sharing their IP. As far back as 1996 a new form for packet commumications IPv6 was conceived. But was not widely adopted and didn’t really work in parallel.

So, as of today IPv6 will run in parrellel and is supported by many search engines, ISPs and hardware manfacturers. In the new format there will be 128 bits of addresses, making it possible for 340 trillion, trillion, trillion addresses

If this change did not happen the Internet would not be able to grow, innovation would be stifled and the internet of things would stop.

So, bring on the the new larger Internet.

The Internet of things

This is not a new idea, but always worth a mention every so often as it is clearly a view into the future that I subscribe to. Many of us have cited the differing layers of Data, Information & Knowledge for web through to management information. IBM add the of Wisdom to the top of this theoretical pyramid.

Very soon, maybe even today there are more things on the internet than people. Just think how many devices you have from your computer, tablet, phone, your TV, your NAS, printers, your SLR camera, games console through to burglar alarms. There have been prototypes for fridges and ‘connected houses’ in the house of the future. Just imagine that they could, not only talk to each other. But actually communicate, make collective decisions together, therefore working smarter. Combining systems could work smart, adjust to other data inputs to make a better, smarter world. So, previously isolated systems, would become a system of things.

Anyway, watch the IBM video and see what you think.