The Impact of IPv6, and Why It Matters

Around the Web on June 6, World IPv6 Launch Day was celebrated to encourage organizations to move from IPv4 to IPv6. Why? Basically, the Web was running low on Internet addresses with the IPv4 protocol. With IPv6, there will be 340 trillion trillion trillion addresses available.

Colleen Miller

June 19, 2012

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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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