From 2013 to the start of 2014, the tone of reportage on the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 shifted from expectant to incredulous. Some 20 months ago, networking experts and web watchers seemed sure that many companies would start to use IPv6 soon. But that didn’t happen—and now, no one seems to know what will kick-start the migration. Continue reading The chicken-and-egg problem that explains IPv6 adoption in 2015 – Stefan Dubowski
Why should the Internet of Things care about IPv6? Many answers can be given to such question, and thus, there are several arguments that show IPv6 will be (and actually it is already) a key enabler for the future Internet of Things:
- Adoption is just a matter of time
The Internet Protocol is a must and a requirement for any Internet connection. It is the addressing scheme for any data transfer on the web. The limited size of its predecessor, IPv4, has made the transition to IPv6 unavoidable. The Google’s figures are revealing an IPv6 adoption rate following an exponential curve, doubling every 9 months about.
IPv6 Adoption Trends by Country and Network
Chart IPv6 adoption rates and trends over time by country or network. Click the rank, country or network name for a time-based chart showing adoption rates since Aug. 31, 2014. Charts can be exported for printing or downloading.
Adoption percentages are calculated by dividing the number of content requests made to Akamai’s next generation Content Delivery Network (CDN) over IPv6 by the total number of requests made to Akamai (over both IPv4 and IPv6) for dual-stacked Akamai customer web properties.
A nice way to end a Friday afternoon… I happened to look at Google’s IPv6 statistics for the first time in a while and see that they’ve climbed up over 8%!
Still, this was a nice way to end the work week. Looking forward to celebrating a bit more when they hit 10%!
In the run up to rolling out IPv6 connectivity to their customers, small Internet service providers (ISPs) in Canada have a leg up over the country’s large incumbent telcos.
In the last 15 years, Internet policy makers and engineers have been advocating a transition from the current Internet addressing scheme, known as IPv4, to the next generation IPv6. IPv4, which uses 32-bit addresses and is able to support 4.3 billion devices, is running out of addresses. With the explosion of Web-connected consumer devices world-wide, it is estimated that only two per cent of the original Internet space available in IPv4 in North America remains. Some experts believe the IPv4 addresses will be depleted this year.
The replacement protocol, IPv6 on the other hand, uses 128-bit addresses and has “virtually limitless space,” according to Paul Vixie, president of Internet Systems Consortium, a non-profit corporation dedicated to developing and maintaining production quality open source reference implementation of core Internet protocols. The number of addresses available through IPv6 is roughly 3.4 followed by 38 zeros. That’s enough to assign “trillions upon trillions” of addresses, according to Jennifer Austin, senior manager of communications and marketing for the Canadian Internet registration Authority (CIRA).
When the remaining IPv4 spaces go, ISPs can no longer allocate IPv4 addresses to new customers. “That is why there is a world-wide call to transition to IPv6,” according to Jag Bains, director of network operations for global online IT hosting Peer 1 Hosting. “While we realize getting everyone IPv6 complaint and rolling out IPV6 connectivity to users could take a few more years, we hope adoption could be faster.”