Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Explains IPv6 Launch Day

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Happy IPv6 Launch Day, everyone! And what does that mean? Who better to explain this than Vint Cerf, a “founding father” of the Internet and now Chief Internet Evangelist at Google. When the Internet launched operationally in 1983, Cerf recalls, no one dreamed that there might one day be billions of devices and users trying to get online. Today’s event marks the unofficial kickoff for the Internet transition from Internet Protocol v4 to IPv6, which will dramatically expand the number of addresses available for web sites, as well as millions of mobile devices with Internet access. Naturally, June 6 (6/6) seemed the perfect day for it. In this video, Cerf discuses why we need IPv6 and provides some context for today’s launch of the transition.

What does you network or site need to do? For more information, check out Helpful Resources for the IPv6 Transition, a collection of Industry Perspectives columns that may prove helpful to companies and providers working on the IPv6 transition.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. Jim Leach

    For those of us that work in the Internet Economy, when Vint Cerf talks -- we listen! And Vint is spot on about IPv6. We need IPv6 for our screens to work!