World IPv6 Day [June 8th 2011]

We have already seen what is IPv6 here, if you are not aware about that, it is the new version of the Internet Protocol which allows a lot more devices to connect to the Internet, easily.

IPv6 begins

What is World IPv6 Day?

This is a trial period where a number of major web sites like Google, Facebook, Mozilla, etc will provide their content on both IPv4 and IPv6. They will enable IPv6 on their main websites for 24 hours. It is a global-scale test flight of IPv6.

Why it is really necessary?

By this they can motivate organizations across the industry to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 address space runs out. IPv4 is expected to run out in 2011. By seeing Major Companies preparing for IPv6, other industry players might also ensure their systems to be prepared for the transition.

Will I be affected by this?

Not really, most of the Internet users will not be affected. Web services, Internet service providers, and OS manufacturers will update their systems to ensure Internet users enjoy uninterrupted service. Users may rarely encounter connectivity issues when visiting participating Websites, though they will be prepared for it.

If you want to know whether you will be affected or not, you can check your browser’s IPv6 Readiness using Google.

Use Google To Test Your Browser’s IPv6 Readiness

IPv6? You would have seen this term everywhere, almost anywhere. Why? What’s so special? Web Analysts says World IPv6 Day is nearing, and what I would say is Internet is running out of addresses. Almost 4 billion IP addresses have now been assigned to various institutions and now that leads to the crisis we are facing right now.

IPv6 is the new version of the Internet Protocol which allows a lot more devices to connect to the Internet, easily.

Technically speaking, IPv6 is the sixth revision to the Internet Protocol and the successor to IPv4. Mostly similar to IPv4 and this one provides unique and numerical IP addresses necessary for Internet-enabled devices to communicate. IPv6 is capable of solving the crisis since it utilizes 128-bit Internet addresses, whereas IPv4 uses 32 bits for its Internet addresses.

Using Google To Check IPv6 Readiness

Google has a simple test page to allow users to check whether or not their current browsers, systems, and networks are capable of handling the impending changeover.

Google IPv6 Test

You can use this simple test page for testing your browser’s IPv6 Readiness.