- Excuse me… did you say the internet was full?! How could this happen?!
It’s true… well, kinda sorta. 32-bit addresses have been used for the past 30 years. The last of these 4 billion plus addresses were released by IANA in February. They haven’t actually all been used, but the cupboard is now empty.
Now… this is not the time to panic. Get a hold of yourself! Some really smart people have seen this coming for a long, long time- last century, in fact.
IPv6 was originally developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force in 1998 in anticipation of this. Despite a 12+ year history, IPv6 is still not widely deployed. Most of the increased demand for addresses is coming from Asia; thus, they are adopting IPv6 at a faster rate.
June 8, 2011 has been declared World IPv6 Day by the Internet Society. Major web companies such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo! and others will test IPv6 over a 24 hour period.
“What do I do now?”, you may ask. With apologies to Kool & The Gang, I say it’s time to Celebrate good times! C’mon! Mark your calendars for June 8, 2011.
Here are a few ways to celebrate this special day:
- Gather friends and surf the internet together. Make it more festive with chips and sodas, much like watching the big football game!
- Use Twitter, Facebook, and/or LinkedIn to record your every impression on this day.
- Send cards to your friends that say, “Happy IPv6 Day!” (I’m working on developing a whole line of these… think of the millions I’ll make!)
- It’s also acceptable to give gifts on June 8th, especially web-enabled technology. Nothing says “I’m thinking of you on IPv6 Day!” like a new iPad 2 or Droid phone.
- Now, the way you spend IPv6 Eve may be even more important. Tuck the kids in bed and tell them stories of Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Mark Zuckerberg. When they’re fast asleep, sneak into their room and place a new wireless mouse or flash drive under their pillows. It will be well worth it when you see their excited faces as they awake on IPv6 Day!
- Send this blog post to your friends who may not know how to celebrate World IPv6 Day. Nothing says “I care about you” more than an informative, insightful, and sometimes humorous blog post on IPv6 Day and how to celebrate it.
- Speaking of really smart people… if you’re not sure of how to prepare for the advent of IPv6, contact the really smart people at Halo Information Systems. They’ll be more than willing to advise you on how to smoothly make a successful transition. After all, this may be the bestest way to celebrate World IPv6 Day!
What are your plans to celebrate World IPv6 Day?