In 2015, the IPv4 pool finally dried up—everywhere around the globe, except in Africa, there are very few addressees left. As a result, the need for IPv6 has been brought into stark focus and major organizations across a number of sectors are throwing their support behind this versatile protocol—Facebook and Google are all IPv6-enabled and all app developers are required by Apple to use IPv6.
The coming years will even be huge for IPv6 adoption as the trend grows and IPv4 exhaustion shifts from being an issue for network administrators to solve to a daily reality with significant impacts on business operations. Now is the time for enterprises in Canada and globally to join the bandwagon, or risk losing out on the numerous connected business opportunities in the years to come.
Why IPv6 adoption matters now?
Basically, every application or device that connects to the internet requires an IP addresses—and the world has nearly run out of them. The initial version—Ipv4—was designed to accommodate 4.3 billion possible addresses. This number seemed like plenty in the previous years when the internet world was still in its experimental stages. Today, however, it is no longer enough to accommodate the global network that the modern internet space has become.
The new alternative or version–IPv6—can accommodate 340 trillion, trillion, trillion IP addresses—which is enough to connect every device that you can think about to the internet. However, IPv6 doesn’t speak the same language as IPv4, and the two protocols must be run alongside one another. If your business is using only one, you won’t be able to connect to other parties or clients using the other.
Over 12.5% of users globally are currently accessing Google and other major search engines via IPv6, and this number has been growing steadily. As aforementioned, now really is the right time for enterprises to be IPv6-enabled. It is inevitable that more and more networks globally will continue to deploy the new protocol and that the current networks will continue to deploy IPv6 to more of their clients or end-users.
As IPv4 exhaustion pressures grows and as IPv6 usage, especially in solving real world problems increases, there will be even more benefits of IPv6 deployment. The only question that remains unanswered is whether IPv6 deployment will continue to grow at the rate that has been witnessed in the past few years. Nonetheless, with unprecedented adoption of IPv6 in many parts of the globe, and particularly in the mobile space, the two protocols’ production quality operation has currently become the norm—and will be in the future. Accordingly, going forward, every enterprise should ensure that its IPv6 status is compatible and working perfectly with their products and services as well as web properties.