The Impact of IPv6, and Why It Matters

On June 6, 3,000 website operators, 65 network operators and five home router vendors celebrated World IPv6 Launch Day. Basically, the Web was running low on Internet addresses with the IPv4 protocol, but with IPv6, there are 340 trillion trillion trillion addresses available!

The effort was organized by the Internet Society and was meant to motivate organizations across the industry – including Internet service providers (ISPs), hardware makers, and Web companies – to get ready for and permanently enable Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) on their products and services as IPv4 address space runs out.

To help tell the story of what happened with the beginning of World IPv6 Launch, the organizers created this infographic to “show and tell” with words, numbers and charts, the reality of this aspect of the changing and evolving Internet. The group encourages you to download your own copy of the infographic at and use it in your own materials.

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About the Author

Colleen Miller is a journalist and social media specialist. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience, with her most recent work dedicated to the online space. Colleen covers the data center industry, including topics such as modular, cloud and storage/big data.

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  1. Jim Leach

    In the Internet world, IPv6 tends to get lost in all the noise about IPOs, social media, M&A, etc. That's a shame. IPv6 is critical to the future of the Internet. Congratulations to the Internet Society for a great launch of IPv6. And thanks to Data Center Knowledge for covering the event..