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ISP Colocation America Prepared for IPv6 in 2010
The official World IPv6 Launch Day may have been held this June, but Colocation America (News - Alert) has been ahead of the game for quite some time. Thinking ahead, the provider of IP transit services permanently enabled IPv6 as an option for website operators back in 2010, and continues to educate its clients on the importance of switching to the new version. Now that the rest of the world has caught up with IPv6, the process of transitioning is in the hands of those who offer hosting servers to web operators.
IPv6 is the next-generation IP address standard intended to supplement – and eventually replace – the IPv4 protocol most Internet services use to interact on the Internet today. The new system is necessary to prevent the Internet from running out of available addresses for new devices. Each Internet-enabled device – such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone – needs its own IP address to connect to the Internet.
IPv4 has a 32-bit address space, meaning the number of total IP addresses is limited to approximately 4.3 billion, a space that has reached its limit with over a billion Internet users and billions of Internet-connected devices. With the new IPv6, there are a massively larger number of addresses available by using 128-bit addressing.
Cisco (News - Alert) predicts that by 2016, 18.9 billion Internet-devices will be online. Switching to IPv6 means trillions of possible addresses can now be made. To ensure a smooth transition and make sure devices do not stop working, both systems will work side-by-side for the next few years.
There are several new features that make IPv6 smoother and an improvement over IPv4. Contrary to popular belief, IPv6 is not completely different than IPv4, it is simply slightly more advanced with the goal of solving the problems it left behind. The main differences between the two versions occur in the following areas: addressing and routing, security, network address translation, administrative workload, and support for mobile devices. However, the most important feature that IPv6 has is a set of possible migration and transition plans from IPv4.
Colocation America has made it its mission to continue to provide uninterrupted Internet connection to billions of users, as well as support billions of people worldwide who do not yet have access to the Internet. It offers dedicated support and services for small to medium-sized businesses across a variety of service areas, including VoIP services, bandwidth and IP services, managed virtual private networks (VPN) and server hosting.
Edited by Allison Boccamazzo
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