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.

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