Adoption of IPv6 could Start with Growing Influence of Internet of Things


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About 20 years ago, engineers developed the Internet Protocol version 6 technology to solve the problems of the IPv4. Now, with the consistent innovation in internet connectivity, companies may finally adapt to the IPv6 to accommodate a larger number of IP addresses.

Tech giants like Google and Yahoo are hosting services to millions of users around the globe. The same reality occurs in companies that handle social media platforms like Facebook. The massive amount of IP addresses from every connected device around the globe signifies the time to shift to IPv6. The next generation IP version could also be helpful in connected devices of IoT.

"While there is obviously more to be done - like roll out IPv6 to the other 75 percent of the Internet, it's becoming clear that IPv6 is here to stay and is well-positioned to support the Internet's growth for the next several decades," explained Lorenzo Colitti, a software engineer at Google who worked on IPv6 for several years.

According to statistics from Google, the adoption rate from IPv4 to IPv6 rose by 14 percent from January 2009 to 2016. The increase would eventually result in the drop of available IPv4 addresses. But it does not mean that older version will go away. Computer scientists and engineers expect that IPv4 will coexist with IPv6.

When the two IP versions coexist, companies, enterprises, and network operators may opt to use IPv6 while residential users and smaller businesses may remain with IPv4. This form of separation is likely to happen since obtaining a new IP address for version 4 will be expensive for bigger firms. Maintaining IPv6 will also ensure the long-term stability of network growth and connectivity, compared to establishing newer support for IPv4.

Right now, some people consider IPv6 to be faster and smoother than the previous generation due to the few numbers of users. On the other hand, others experience sluggish connection because of the few routers supporting it.