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New Internet Launching Today

By Marijayne Bushey
June 8th, 2011

Wait!  Don’t panic!  If all goes well, you won’t even notice.  Today Is IPV6 Day, Worldwide.  Businesses and organizations are testing a new version of the Internet, Internet Protocol Version 6, or IPV6. (We’re currently using IPV4, in case you didn’t know.)

Why do we need a new Internet?

Apparently, our current version of the Internet is running out of space.  Who knew?  But I guess, if you stop to think about it, it does make sense.

What I gather is that it has to do with the number of devices that are accessing and using the internet.  There just isn’t enough space on the current version of the Internet to support all of the activity.  Each device that accesses the internet requires an IP address. As the number of Internet-accessible devices has grown, we’ve started to run out of IP addresses for all those items.  You can read (or listen) to more about IP address scarcity at NPR.org.

In my home, I have at least 5 devices that access the Internet: my laptop, my husband’s laptop, my cell phone, my office phone, and my TV.  And what about my cable box?  Does that access the internet?  Or my router?  And I think my GPS for my car accesses the Internet.  I am not a techie, so I don’t really know, but I think it’s possible there are other items I am not even aware are using the Internet.  That NPR interview mentions that even some refrigerators access the Internet nowadays!

Why just one day of new Internet?

Well, apparently it’s both a test, and a promotion, wrapped into one.  Since it’s only a 24-hour period, what do you really have to lose?  If something does go wrong, it reverts back to the old Internet tomorrow. (That’s the testing part.)  And, hopefully, nothing does go wrong.  If not, it’s a fantastic demonstration that it works, and a great opportunity to say, “come on over to our side” to other businesses. (That’s the promotional part.)

A number of large organizations have signed on to participate.  That way, all the big names are in it together: if something goes wrong, they all suffer together, and none of them loses face while competitors get the upper hand.  Wow!  Who knew businesses could be so collegial?!  You can check out the World IPV6 Day website to learn more about the event, see lists of participants, or test your IPV6 connectivity.

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Comments (84)

  1. the internet is running out of space is such a funny concept.

    most people are probably under the impression that the internet has unlimited space. As more people start using more mobile devices, you will see the internet is fairly crowded.

    i hope the IPV6 test works out well and can be used in the future.

  2. I’m just waiting what this new internet is going to do at the office. I think someday we have to update a lot of old hardware with this new technique and then nothing works again.

  3. That’s an interesting fact as i was unaware there were limited IP addresses available. I wonder What the ramifications would be if the test had gone bad.

  4. Looks like Germany had a similar day about 8 months ago and everything went well.

    Gives me another day to have a toast with a nice beer after work. Cheers IPv6 Day

  5. Let’s hope that with the latest IPV6, the web will be a much safer place. And I think we should also hear from our Internet providers. So there’s Cloud computing and then IPV6 hmmn…what’s next?

  6. i hope that the new version of internet can permit to develop a new concept of computer,or other things we can do.

    Internet wasn’t created for as more than one billion of people use it. It must be evolve and they must increase its capacities in order to all people can go on internet

  7. What happened to IPV5? Besides more space, what does IPV6 have that is different than 4?

  8. I didn’t realize we were running out of IP addresses. Thanks for the article.

  9. ipv6 is slowly slowly overcoming ipv4 and now I believe we are merged internet of these two, am I right ?

  10. Guess no news is good news, test must have gone well.
    Cell phones caused more area codes to become a necessity, so only makes sense the internet would need to keep growing with more and more users.

  11. @gite – what do you mean by new concept of computer? why would the computer need to be changed if only the internet is getting bigger?

  12. I’m kind of scared to see what will come after this improvement. People’s motivation to continue the web’s intrinsic growth is going to lead to something dangerous one day I fear

  13. I still dont understand the concept of the internet running out of space. To me it sounds like a whole lot of people are getting rich thats all. How can a ginat computer network run out of space? Now running out of usable single format IP’s… That i can understand.

  14. Very interesting stuff. An expansion/update of “the internet” was inevitable all along…the userbase keeps expanding exponentially every day. It’s pretty impressive how far we’ve gotten on what’s more-or-less aging technology!

  15. Just like everything it must either grow or it will die. Its obviously important to always be improving the efficiency of something that the majority of people depend on to make a living.

  16. They’ve already went through it in Europe about 6 months ago and all went well. Much less trouble than the Y2k ..

  17. It wasnt so very long ago that the Internet was born with IPv4 addresses. I think IPv6 will last for quite some time, but with the kind of growth of connected devices, I would not be surprised that the address space will too run out during my lifetime. It will just be a pain to remember IP addresses in future.

  18. I just have to wait for updates on where my office ..
    hopefully using the latest technology as above, although it should be with the old hardware ..

  19. IPV6 I hope will drive us to be more flexible on every internet activity. The technology I believe will always run in smooth processes. It should be most incredible solution for the wider interests had since the complexity itself.

  20. In more and more progressive advances, the breakthrough needed should be more and more friendly on ranging targeted accesses.

  21. Just like telephone number series get exhausted, same way, current IP address series i.e v4 is getting exhausted and now there is no way left but to adopt IPv6. It is expected that adoption of IPv6 will provide us with almost unlimited supply of IP addresses. Hence, there is not going to be any botheration in near future about upgrading any further. However, implementing IPv6 is not that easy and it will take some time for everyone to upgrade to v6 so smoothly.

  22. I agree with Tracy, an IP address to the Internet is what area codes are to the telephone. I wonder if this concept will also add more speed!

  23. I wonder if the new internet is going to generate new businesses for companies like Cisco and the infrastructure providers as companies, data centers and ISP starts to upgrade their hardware and software. Might be a boom for this networking equipment providers. Hopefully there is no Y2K like issues associated with IPv6

  24. WOW this is really interesting…so how do we get this new internet if everything goes well? Will we all just be moved over or is it something we have to do ourselves?

  25. wow that sounds a-bit like the Y2K bug panic. I will be backing up my website on that day that’s for sure.

  26. IP v4 has a very much ip address,bt it seems less for today’s senario.I think,its all because of irregular distribution of ip by ICANN.
    and the most imp thing i wanna say that Japan is using IP v6 a very much time ago.
    but besides of these all,IP v6(48 bit IP) is really seems nice to me.Lets see,how this is categorized in classes.

  27. I personally up to this day still using IPv4. I think it makes sense if the IPv4, IPv6, but in reality still rare in life and was a stranger to be used by me personally. I am also still confused can be combined with IPv6 IPv4, is it possible?

  28. An interesting post, I suppose nothing is infinite in the great scheme of things – and there must be an end to space in any network.

    Obviously, with numbers as well – IP addresses would eventually become scarce and this type of change would be necessary.

    Interesting article – we take the internet for granted most of the time – but it’s important to know that it to – has it’s limits.

  29. Eventually we all have to change to Ipv6….how long Ipv6 is going to last?. Nobody knows, but I think almost any electronic or communication device will access the internet.

  30. I had not heard of this news. This is the kind of news that I like to share with my students to keep them abreast of what is happening in the world of technology. Even at an elementary level, they are not to young to know how fast their technological world continues to change.

  31. Wow, but you had to figure this would happen, i mean everything now a days is on the internet, how much room can there be for it all?? lol

  32. what are the advantages of IPV6 compared to IPV4? is there any table comparisons?

  33. I agree with Tracy, an IP address to the Web is what area codes are to the phone. I wonder if this idea will also add more speed!

  34. Interesting concept if it does in fact come into frutition, however, we will have to wait and see – with our company so involved in online activity, we will certainly keep a close eye on proceedings

  35. just have to wait for updates on where my office ..
    hopefully using the latest technology as above, although it should be with the old hardware ..

  36. Agree – is it all Y2k(esque) panic? Really interesting none the less!

  37. That’s odd, I never knew that IPs are limited and worse, its running out today. What will happen if IPV6 will go public? Do we have to buy new hardware?

  38. The internet is running out of space? Yea a lot of people went into panic about this ,not many were effected.

  39. ipv6 hope it is a better service and safer for all involved.Never thought I would see a new internet very interesting!

  40. I agree with Tracy, an IP address to the Internet is what area codes are to the telephone.

  41. Hi! I am Stepahnie Gold. I have the same question as with Michelle =)

  42. IPv6 will take some time to implent.

  43. I think we should also hear from our Internet providers.. what does IPV6 have that is different than 4?

  44. What? I have little confusion. We are running out of internet or we are not able to detect all the devices which are using internet through their IP addresses.

  45. Hi,
    i like this article. what’s new in IPV6?

  46. I hope the new tech doesn’t affect the way we do business. I mean the way you can even reach a customer and the expensive system upgrade needed.We appreciate Tech but it comes with its’ hurdles.

  47. It’s funny how it really is a new internet. A lot of people think they can get by with just staying on IPv4, but in the long run they will be segregated from the rest of the internet as IPv6 gets built out. You really need both from now on (unless you’re using some sort of Carrier-grade NAT).

  48. Hey great content, IPV6 has been around for a while but we have just just not had a need for it. It is just like a longer ip address. And gives us the ability to make lots more different combinations. It will take a while to implement it but like what was said no one will hardly see a difference.

  49. I am not a techie, but still I think IPV6 is indeed a new twist to technology. Whoever thought that Internet will run out of space and it sure is a cause for concern… we use devices dime a dozen and refrigerators accessing Internet is new knowledge to me! IP address scarcity is also an eye opener…

  50. IpV6 has great promise for open up the opportunity of every citizen of the world to have his own IP, but what I find the main problem with IP6 is its complected structure.Thank you.

  51. IPV6 will hopefully will make access to the internet alot cheaper and bring it to countries like South Africa

  52. Its so funny to think that back when they were deciding how many numbers to have in an IP address they probably thought that 12 was going to be enough forever. Internet usage is exploding…. how long until we use all of IPV6′s numbers?

  53. yes indeed, i am too using the ipv4 and need to switch very soon to ipv6 technology is changing superfast and internet is also changing day by day! anyways great article learnt something new! Thanks for the share!

  54. i hope that the new version of internet can permit to develop a new concept of computer,or other things we can do.

    thanks

  55. I think it would take a while for a global use of IPV6, since many people are already familiar with IPV4.

  56. So I guess that message I got “You’ve reached the end of the internet” was true.

  57. most people are probably under the impression that the internet has unlimited space. As more people start using more mobile devices, you will see the internet is fairly crowded.

  58. I only recently heard that the internet was running out of IP addresses. And, while I understand that the number of addresses must be finite, I was still shocked that such a thing might happen.
    I’m glad that something is being done about this. How weird would it be to be told the internet is full?

  59. Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is a version of the Internet Protocol (IP) that is designed to succeed Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4). The Internet operates by transferring data in small packets that are independently routed across networks as specified by an international communications protocol known as the Internet Protocol Pv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to deal with the long-anticipated IPv4 address exhaustion, and is described in Internet standard document RFC 2460, published in December 1998.[1] Like IPv4, IPv6 is an Internet Layer protocol for packet-switched internetworking and provides end-to-end datagram transmission across multiple IP networks. While IPv4 allows 32 bits for an Internet Protocol address, and can therefore support 232 (4,294,967,296) addresses, IPv6 uses 128-bit addresses, so the new address space supports 2128 (approximately 340 undecillion or 3.4×1038) addresses. This expansion allows for many more devices and users on the internet as well as extra flexibility in allocating addresses and efficiency for routing traffic. It also eliminates the primary need for network address translation (NAT), which gained widespread deployment as an effort to alleviate IPv4 address exhaustion.

  60. Well, here in Brazil, we web workers are afraid a little bit with this notice most of the people here are just having their first contact with the internet now.
    And a change like that may cause some web panic on professionals.
    S

  61. Well, I don’t think that switching to Ipv6 will affect the end used in any way. Well, not that that the user will actually notice anything.
    This will simply enable everyone to have a fixed IP, maybe hardwired. This will of course increase security, and at the same time compromise it.

  62. nice but Let’s hope that with the latest IPV6, the web will be a much safer place. And I think we should also hear from our Internet providers.

  63. It is always difficult to accept some thing new but at the end of the day we all will fell in love with the latest changes. Well what more could I say that’s life.

  64. I didn’t realize we were running out of IP addresses.
    I really enjoyed the article.

    Thanks for your great post. :-)

  65. Bins, I agree with you. Internet is not spatially infinitive and people should care about what this.

  66. I appreciate the number of addresses must be limited however, I was still amazed that such a thing could happen.
    It’s good something is being done about this. How strange would it be to be told the internet is fully booked?

  67. thanks for your information. i am waiting for internet protocol version 6 , in short ipv6. hope it will enlarge our internet usages

  68. I agree..an IP address to the Internet is what area codes are to the telephone.. the concept is very strong :) Love it

  69. What impact can appear if IP address scarcity increasing day by day? Is it really possible to solve the problem by new Internet concept?

  70. It seem to me incredible concept.It didn’t catch the concept of IpV6.What is the issue?

  71. nice but Let’s hope that with the latest IPV6, the web will be a much safer place. And I think we should also hear from our Internet providers.

  72. nice post.but i’ve a ques for u.what the new of IPV6??

  73. #

    Well, I don’t think that switching to Ipv6 will affect the end used in any way. Well, not that that the user will actually notice anything.
    This will simply enable everyone to have a fixed IP, maybe hardwired. This will of course increase security, and at the same time compromise it.

  74. nice but what is the benefit?

  75. i also think IPV6 will hopefully will make access to the internet alot cheaper and bring it to countries like South Africa!

  76. thanks for your information. i am waiting for internet protocol version 6 , in short ipv6. hope it will enlarge our internet usages

  77. i hope the IPV6 test works out well and can be used in the future.

  78. wow what a great post.i don’t know about IPV6 before.many many thx admin for ur nice post

  79. ipv6it is nice for everyone for knowledge on internet.nice blog &
    post.
    Thanks

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  81. I agree..an IP address to the Internet is what area codes are to the telephone.. the concept is very strong.

  82. most people are probably under the impression that the internet has unlimited space. As more people start using more mobile devices, you will see the internet is fairly crowded.

  83. this will simply enable everyone to have a fixed IP, maybe hardwired. This will of course increase security, and at the same time compromise it.

  84. great really research work about IPV6

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