Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) Soon to Replace IPv4


Published Date : Jan 27, 2016

Internet protocol is an important pillar supporting the evolution of the modern society. The internet that we access at present is completely based on the premise of the Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4). It laid the foundation of routing and addressing. However, the end of IPv4 was announced by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority on February 2011. This meant that IPv4 will be no longer compatible with and will not be able to support the internet developments in the near future, which in turn will intensify the prevailing competitiveness in the market.  This scenario will be followed by trends such as remote monitoring, smart devices, smart transport, and mobility.

The successor of IPv4 was available since over a decade back in 1993. Customarily is was called the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). IPv6 is the most recent version of the internet protocol available in the market. The protocol provides identification systems and location for computers in the vast sea of the internet.  IPv6 was designed and developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force to deal with the forthcoming exhaustion of the IPv4. 

IPv6 will provide a Platform for Innovation and Optimization of Delivery Services

IPv4 presently carried over 90% of the internet addresses around the world. However, the transition to IPv6 is likely to happen faster than we could fathom. IPv6 inherently offers a mammoth addressing space, part from which it also comes with several technical benefits such as easily manageable networks, improved security features, interoperability, end-to-end connective integrate, and integrated mobility. IPv6 allows hierarchical address allocations to facilitate route aggregation and network in the internet network. It provides a premise for innovation and collaboration and also optimizes the delivery of services. 

The transition of the internet protocol from version 4 to version 6 is considered crucial for the internet history. As the age of IPv4 comes to an end, it is anticipated to have a profound impact on the innovation of novel internet protocol. 

Despite witnessing a substantially rising demand, IPv6 adoption will be hindered occasionally due lack of proper support from the most prominent router and software vendors.