Get The IPv6 Advantage With IPv6 Adoption
There has been so much talk about IPv4 and IPv6 and about adopting the latter at the earliest. As you concentrate on expanding your business, you might wonder how and why this should affect your business in way. Let’s put this in simple terms. Every business organization today has a digital existence. There are data stored in digital format and a large portion of the entire business operation is based online in the digital platform.
However, if you look closely, it is not the use of the website or web based application or any other service provided through the Internet by the employees of the organization that drives the main business, it is the use of these by the target group, the suppliers, customers or individuals that drives the business ahead. An increase in the number of users, which is guaranteed by the implementation of IPv6, will mean greater business for your organization.
Recent years have seen a rapid explosion of Internet users. The Internet of Things (IoT) made its mark across the world. Besides the conventional PCs and laptops a host of new devices were introduced that could be used to access the Internet. This led to a rapid increase in the demand for new IPs to be assigned to these devices.
IP addresses act quite similar to physical addresses in our world. The Internet uses a protocol to generate these addresses and hence the name Internet Protocol (IP) address. Till recently IPv4 was in use. However, predicting a shortage of IPv4 addresses the IPv6 was put into development.
Thereafter many changes have taken place and the IPv6 addressing system has been perfected. Even so, the debate was raging about actually needing the IPv6 addresses ever. However, that is one debate you can put into the past. Between 2011 and 2015 every last one of the free IPv4 addresses were given out and there is practically no way of issuing fresh new IPv4 addresses anymore. Thus, any business that is building a new network will do good to go for the IPv6 addressing system.
Instead of the 32 bits in the IPv4 the IPv6 comes with 128 bit addressing system. Since the latter uses Hexadecimal numbering format it is much easier to compress the entire IP address into a practical size for human use. For those who are unable to comprehend how big the IPv6 is, this system will be able to accommodate somewhere around 340 trillion trillion trillion addresses. IPv4 could only provide about 4 billion addresses.
There are still more features to look out for such as auto-configuration capabilities with the IPv6 and the possibility of devices communicating directly between themselves. With the possibility of generating global addresses there is also the opportunity to access the wide area of Internet with much ease. While there are IPv4 addresses still available with the ISPs, if you are about to build a massive network or aiming towards having visitors from all across the globe, it is best to opt for IPv6 network.
Currently you will have to support both IPv4 and IPv6 as the transition is yet to happen completely; however, soon IPv4 will phase out completely leaving IPv6 adoption the only option for anyone accessing the Internet.