289 organisations so far will offer their content in IPv6 in addition to IPv4 for a 24-hour “test flight” on the 8th of June, 2011. The goal is to motivate organizations across the industry – Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies – to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses are expected to run out by the end of 2011. This is being led by the Internet Society (ISOC).
Without action, we risk increased costs and limited functionality online for Internet users everywhere. The only long-term solution to this problem is adoption of IPv6, which provides over 4 billion times more space. IPv6 is used extensively in many large networks, but it has never been enabled at a global scale yet.
All major Internet industry players will need to take action to ensure a successful transition:
- Internet service providers need to make IPv6 connectivity available to their users
- Web companies need to offer their services over IPv6
- Operating system makers may need to implement specific software updates
- Backbone providers may need to establish IPv6 peering with each other
- Hardware and home gateway manufacturers may need to update firmware
In rare cases, we may experience connectivity issues when visiting participating Websites. Users can visit an IPv6 test site to check if their connectivity will be impacted. If the test indicates a problem, they can disable IPv6 or ask their ISPs to help fix it for them.
Are we ready?