Today is World IPv6 Day. Major organizations such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo are offering their content over IPv6 for a 24 hour test. The aim of celebrating 8th June 2011 as IPv6 Day is to motivate organizations across the Internet industry as web service providers, hardware makers, operating system makers to prepare themselves for successful transition from IPv4 to IPv6 platform.
IPv6 stands for Internet Protocol Version 6 which is the next generation of Internet Protocol and will eventually succeed Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4). IPv4 provides for only232 addresses which is approximately 4.3 billion addresses. Our planet’s human population being significantly higher than that we need a new generation of Internet Protocol that could provide for a higher number of addresses. IPv6 does exactly that. It provides 2128 addresses which many times larger than what IPv4 could provide.
If you would like to test your or your organization’s readiness for IPv6, you can visit the website of world IPv6 Day website http://www.worldipv6day.org/.
Abhay K, a writer-poet-artist & diplomat, is author of six books. His most recent publications include Candling the Light and Colours of Soul. His writings have appeared in Times of India, Rediff, Governance Now, Diplomatic Square, India Abroad, Literary St. Petersburg etc. He has exhibited his art works in several countries including France, Russia and India.