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Hostwinds is proud to announce that we have recently become 100% Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) ready!
In concert with this announcement, CEO and Founder Peter Holden would like to outline some details regarding the protocol version, the reasoning for its development, and why Hostwinds has moved in this direction.
What is IPv6?
Since the Internet became commercialized in the 1990s, it has grown by leaps and bounds and far larger than many anticipated during its infancy.
The identification, communication, and location information of any device or computer functioning in this space are defined by its Internet Protocol (IP) – a numerical system necessary to route data traffic. At a point in time, it became very obvious within the technology realm that the decreasing amount of IP addresses – within Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) space – would need to be resolved quickly to serve and establish expected connectivity with future network devices.
In May of 2014, it was determined that approximately 96% of Internet traffic worldwide was routed by IPv4. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) development of IPv6 – an expected replacement for version 4 – is a direct response to these ongoing concerns of IP address exhaustion.
(1) IPv6 uses a 128-bit address, allowing 2128, or approximately 3.4×1038 addresses, or more than 7.9×1028 times as many as IPv4, which uses 32-bit addresses and provides approximately 4.3 billion addresses.
(2) IPv6 and IPv4 are not designed to be interoperable, which complicates the transition to IPv6, but several IPv6 transition mechanisms have been devised to permit communication between IPv4 and IPv6 hosts.
(3) IPv6 provides other technical benefits in addition to a larger addressing space. It permits hierarchical address allocation methods that facilitate route aggregation across the Internet and thus limits the expansion of routing tables.
(4) The use of multicast addressing is expanded and simplified and provides additional optimization for the delivery of services.
(5) Device mobility, security, and configuration aspects have been considered in the design of the protocol.
(6) IPv6 addresses are represented as eight groups of four hexadecimal digits separated by colons, for example, 2001:0db8:85a3:0042:1000:8a2e:0370:7334, but methods of abbreviation of this full notation exist.
Answering Important Questions…
It is the primary goal of Hostwinds to always be prepared and remain aligned with the standards and practices that move technology through the present and accelerate it into the future.
At the founding of this company, Mr. Holden established this commitment and has continued to stand by it firmly. Hostwinds will always move forward and constantly keep its family of clients informed and aware of their progress, commitments, and innovations.
So, in regards to this announcement of Hostwinds IPv6 readiness, Mr. Holden provides more information to their clients by answering the following questions:
What does Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) readiness mean for Hostwinds and, most importantly, for its clients?
"IPv6 readiness prepares Hostwinds to enter the next stage of the internet. Currently, the internet has a finite number of address spaces available. At the present time, there are two Internets running side by side…two completely separate networks. You can only get from one to the other via IPv4 to IPv6 bridges, which is extremely inefficient. The reality is that IPv6 will completely replace IPv4, and in turn, IPv4 will cease to exist. By Hostwinds becoming IPv6 ready and giving our clients a choice to use IPv6 addresses if they desire, it gives them the ability to communicate with others on the IPv6 network and enter into the new internet."
Is there anything Hostwinds clients should do to prepare?
"Fortunately for members of our large family, they are already clients…so they are as ready as they can be."
Why is IPv6 so important?
"_IPv6 is important because, without the expansion from IPv4 to IPv6, we would run out of address space, and the internet would cease the ability to grow._"
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Written by Bryon Turcotte / October 31, 2014