The time has finally come for Google, together with other participating members from the Internet Society to launch IPv6, considered by many as the Internet of the 21st century. “Today’s World IPv6 Launch, coordinated by the Internet Society, marks the day that participating websites, Internet Service Providers (ISP), and network hardware manufacturers switch on IPv6 permanently in parallel with IPv4,” Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist, Vint Cerf said. The World IPv6 Launch represents a major milestone in the global deployment of IPv6. IPv6 is the successor to the current Internet Protocol, IPv4. The Internet Society believes that IPv6 is critical to the Internet’s continued growth as a platform for innovation and economic development.
Vint Cerf explained that when the Internet launched in 1983, its creators never thought that billions of computers and mobile devices will be using it to go online. He said that the Internet we’ve relied on so far has around 4.3 billion of space. IPv6, on the other hand, will expand the limit to more than 340 trillion, he said. “Without the rollout of Internet Protocol v6 (IPv6), which formally begins today for participating websites and other organizations on the web, we won’t have the room we need to grow,” Cerf added. Joining the World IPv6 Launch today are tech giants Microsoft, Comcast, Facebook, Yahoo and more. To learn more about IPv6 and the Internet Society, you can visit the official website.