Has your business switched to new Internet protocol IPv6 yet?

Companies that haven’t should be rushing to get their Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and domain registrars to adopt the new protocol because space in the aging IPv4 is mere months away from depletion according to experts.

Nestor Arellano

IPv4 which was developed in the very early days of the Internet uses 32-bit addresses and had not anticipated the explosive growth of Internet use that we see today.

“IPv4 addresses are depleting at an increasing rate. We’ll run our for certain sometime in 2011,” according to Paul Vixie, president of Internet Systems Consortium, a non-profit corporation dedicated to developing and maintaining production quality open source reference implementation of core Internet protocols.

Whereas IPv6 which uses 128-bit addresses has “nearly limitless space enough for 10 lifetimes,” Vixie said.

What does it mean if you fail to get into your Internet address into the new IPv6?

Well for starters, things are not going to suddenly go all black on your screen. You’ll still have Internet connection, but you’ll be blocked off from reaching other Internet users that are on IPv6, according to John Demco, co-founder of Webnames.ca, a Web hosting firm based in Vancouver, B.C.  And for a business that could have some devastating effects because you lose out on connecting with a growing number of potential clients.

Demco and Vixie explain more in the video below:

Nestor Arellano is a senior writer for ITBusiness.ca. Follow Nestor on Twitter, read his blogs on ITBusiness.caBlogs. Check out  ITBusiness.ca’s Facebook page

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  • Hi
    I am getting lots of information about why we need to go to IPv6 but as an end user of ISP services and as the geek in a small office I cannot find much about what we will need to do to access v6 sites and email. How do I know if our existing office technology is v6 compatible? When I am purchasing new routers, modems, laptops, network connected devices, etc, how do I know whether it is v6 compatible? We run IE 8.0 and Google Chrome browsers on Windows XP SP3. Do we have to do anything to become v6 compatible?
    Any help you can provide would be very much appreciated.
    Thank you.

  • Hi Colin,

    You might have to contact your vendor or manufacturer to determine if your existing equipment are IPv6 ready.

    If you’re buying new equipment check with the vendor or your VAR if what you’re getting is IPv6 ready.

    Check this link for info about XP SP3 and IPv6 http://forums.peerblock.com/read.php?3,5544,5588

    This link says something about IE8 and Chrome and IPv6 http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/ipv6-enabled-web-browsers

    Also this one on tips for early adopters: http://www.networkworld.com/newsletters/isp/2006/0724isp1.html

    Hope that helps,