Last June (2011) some of the major players in Internet technology got together to introduce the world to IPv6, the newest Internet protocol promising to revolutionize the Web. After a highly successful year-long test run the protocol is ready to be implemented worldwide and made a permanent part of the global Internet. To that end, June 6, 2012 has been designated World IPv6 Day. Organizers of the event are encouraging participation among web hosts, developers, and any other organizations actively involved in Internet technology.
“Major Internet service providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world are coming together to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services by 6 June 2012,” states an announcement on the worldIPv6launch.org website. “Organized by the Internet Society, and building on the successful one-day World IPv6 Day event held on 8 June 2011, World IPv6 Launch represents a major milestone in the global deployment of IPv6. As the successor to the current Internet Protocol, IPv4, IPv6 is critical to the Internet’s continued growth as a platform for innovation and economic development.”
According to experts it will take at least a couple of years for everyone within the Internet community to fully make the switch to IPv6. As such, IPv4 will still be in use for some time. As the new protocol gradually spreads, users will experience enhanced security, greater privacy, the benefits of a 128-bit numbering system, and unique IP numbers for individual users, machines, and websites. The roll-out begins at midnight GMT on June 6.
Web hosting companies, ISPs, and individual developers choosing to participate in the event can show their support by downloading one of several logos displayed on the worldIPv6launch.org website. Those logos can be displayed on individual websites at no charge.