In my last post, I discussed the term, the Evernet – Everything connected to Everyone, Everywhere!! This is what the Internet is evolving into via the deployment of Internet Protocol version 6. I like to outline here, in Part 1, why IPv6 is the foundation upon which the Evernet will be realized.
Many of you may be aware that the Internet itself is undergoing an upgrade from IPv4 to IPv6. The basic upshot is that IPv4 was launched in the late ’60’s/”70’s (born out of the ARPANET: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARPANET). When conceived, a finite amount of unique address space was developed and this was 2^32 or ~ 4.3 Billion address written like 188.8.131.52. We’ve run out of address space and the addresses are how each “device” gets online and communicates. Along comes IPv6 with its 2^128 address pool or ~ 340 Undecillion addresses (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undecillion) written in hexadecimal or 2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334. It is quite a bit longer and we have quite a few more of them to use, so let’s keep bringing everything online!
With a human population on Earth now exceeding 7 Billion; a rush of devices moving online from smart phones to ipads to Amazon Fire to airplanes, cars, trains, buses to household appliances going on line to the Smart Grid – we are poised now with IPv6 to truly bring everything online thereby making Everything available to Everyone, Everywhere – the Internet has evolved into something that will usher in more, rapid change and innovation as the ability to crunch data from all new sources will yield commensurately new inventions!! The Evernet is being made possible thru the roll out of IPv6. (we are under way as you read this)
IPv6 itself will usher some new ways in which IP communications are handled, secured, as well as provisioned, all of which get into the geeky side of Internet Plumbing!! If you are interested in reading more about the protocol, please feel free to check out any of the following:
- http://www.iana.org/ (main body controlling all IP numbers)