Google will join a a variety of web companies to participate in World IPv6 Day on June 8, 2011. Gearing up for IPv6 is incredibly important for the future of the Internet, as the IPv4 space is forecast to be depleted by the end of 2011.
What is IP?
IP stands for Internet Protocol, and is the method that devices use to communicate with each other over the Internet. In theory, a unique IP address would be assigned to each device on the Internet. IPv4, the Internet Protocol that most devices are using at the moment, has the capacity for 4 billion addresses. In the early 80’s, at the creation of IPv4, this number seemed to be plenty. However, with millions of Internet-connected devices being activated each year, the IPv4 address space is in short supply.
What is World IPv6 Day?
World IPv6 Day is a day for website and network operators to flip on the switch for IPv6, and learn some lessons before everyone is forced to flip the switch on IPv6 in the near future. Hopefully, any kinks in the system will be worked out quickly, and everyone involved will be able to better their networks for IPv6 adoption. Hollow Developers will be participating in World IPv6 Day with our flagship HollowGame website. The IPv4-enabled website will continue to work as it does now, but IPv6-enabled users will be encouraged to visit us at a separate address, which will be announced shortly before June 8.