IPv6 will be the new IP address standard, very soon.
Many PC users know what an IP Addess is? Briefly, an IP address is a unique address that is assigned to a network device by the network. Every computer that connects to a network or the Internet is assigned an IP address. It basically allows that computer to communicate with the network or the Internet.
Need to move from IPV4 to IPV6:
The current IP address standard is IPv4, that uses 32-bits and looks something like this: 192.168.0.1. This standard was created way back in 1981 when the Internet was a just born baby. The early creators of the Internet did not believe, internet would become as large as it is today, especially since it was originally designed only for a few universities in United states and the government in United States. Over time, many large corporations and even the U.S. Government have come to realize that there is a need to switch over to a new IP standard.
In 2005, the Federal Government of the United States issued a memorandum, stating that all Federal Government agencies will transition their network backbones to IPv6 by June 30, 2008.
The new IP standard, IPv6 will use 128-bits and an IP address in IPV6 standard will look something like this: 2001:0db8:85a3:08d3:1319:8a2e:0370:7334.
The IPv4 version only allows for four billion IP addresses, which greatly limits the number of devices that can be given a unique, globally routable location on the Internet.The IPv4 standard constricts the amount of computers and other devices that can be connected to each other via the Internet. We will soon see many devices including telephones and televisions migrating to IP network.This would definitely mean that the world needs a new standard as we are outgrowing the limits of IPV4.
In contrast, the IPv6 standard allows for an almost unlimited number of IP addresses. In all actuality, the IPv6 allows for over 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 different addresses. (And no, I’m not kidding!)
What can you expect with IPV6:
The movement from IPv4 to the new IPv6 will allow users to have more technology in their lives, as we will now be able to assign more IP addresses to more devices. Soon, mobile phones, televisions and even toasters will be assigned IP addresses! You can not only view your favourite movies or TV shows at home, any time, but you will also be able to order a bread toast or coffee to your toaster or coffeemaker, via your computer.
June 2008 is almost here and it is time for an IP address upgrade.