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Getting ready for IPv6

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edited Aug 20, 2015 6:31PM in General Functional Discussions 2 comments

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The first public Internet (version 4) IP address space is nearly exhausted.  There were 4.2 billion addresses (sounds like a lot), and all IPv4 addresses have been assigned.  Do you see the problem?  The next generation of the Internet is version 6 (IPv6) and is capable of more addresses:

 

IPv4 – 4,294,967,296 addresses

IPv6 – 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 addresses

 

The growth of IPv6 traffic is a small portion of the overall Internet, but it is a rapidly growing segment.  In early 2012, IPv6 traffic accounted for less than 1% of the overall Internet traffic.  In mid 2015, IPv6 traffic accounted for over 7% of the Internet traffic.  IPv6 traffic has doubled each of the past four (4) years and shows no sign of slowing.  See the below chart (or this Google

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