Yes folks – it is time to refresh that IPv4 we’ve all been using, but don’t worry, it will just work…:-)
Although there is yet to be as loud a conversation about IPv6 as say Cloud computing today, the implications for the Cloud are quite profound…like, if you are not IPv6 enabled, the cloud will cease to work…got your attention now?
Basically, this is the new version of the Internet Protocol – just like upgrading Windows or Mac (or anything these days as software is the key), the internet’s software needs an upgrade. This, clearly, is not trivial and is something folks should be casually aware of, where as network providers, cloud providers, dedicated server providers should all be seeking help to get ready for the move. In short, the address space used to identify yourself on IPv4 will run out in next 18mos – this is not a predication, it is fact. Now, most of the population will not notice as browsers and routers will be upgraded seemlessly (sorta), it is just the network (global internet) that will need the upgrade – so be watchful and ready for IPv6 is upon us.