THE DATE for the so-called worldwide launch of IPv6 has been set for 6 June 2012, when companies will permanently enable IPv6 connectivity in their products and services.
Following the relative success of 2011's IPv6 day, a number of firms including Cisco, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have pledged support for "World IPv6 Launch" day, which has been set as 6 June 2012. On that day the companies have pledged to permanently enable IPv6 connectivity to their associated products and services.
IP address allocation bodies such as ARIN and RIPE have been pushing IPv6 adoption for years but it took last year's dramatic exhaustion of IPv4 addresses to jolt companies into action. IPv6 day was supported by many of the firms taking part in the IPv6 launch later this year, to drum up awareness and see how much disruption there will be when IPv6 connectivity is enabled.
Daniel Karrenberg, chief scientist at RIPE NCC said, "Operational experience and measurements on World IPv6 Launch will help content providers and ISPs to identify and rectify any potential problems with delivering services over IPv6."
Although IPv6 has been around for well over a decade, events such as last year's IPv6 day and the upcoming World IPv6 Launch are needed to encourage firms and internet service providers to move to IPv6 sooner rather than later. Although IPv4 addresses have become something of an endangered resource, we can expect that networks will run dual-stack IPv4 and IPv6 protocols for many years to come. µ