The next-generation Internet protocol IPv6 gets real

The next-generation Internet protocol IPv6 gets real

Summary: Google reports that 3 percent of Google services users are now getting the next-generation Internet protocol IPv6. Looking ahead, the Internet Society predicts that by year's end 10 percent of all major Web-site traffic will be over IPv6.

TOPICS: Networking

Everyone in networking knows that we must move to IPv6 before we completely run out of IPv4 addresses .The clock is counting the seconds until we run out of old-style Internet addresses. That hasn't stopped us from being really, really slow about making the switch anyway. At long last, however, a significant number of users, and the networks that connect them to the Internet, have made the jump to IPv6.

Google Service numbers make it clear: IPv6 adoption is finally picking up.

The Internet Society, the organization that promotes the open development of the Internet, has been tracking Google services' IPv6 adoption numbers, reports that, "The pace of IPv6 deployment is rapidly accelerating! This morning [February 10, 2014] Google’s IPv6 measurements crossed the 3 percent milestone just under five months from when the 2 percent milestone was crossed. Prior to that it had taken 11 months to go from 1 percent to 2 percent."

This is happening, Phil Roberts — the Internet Society's technology program manager, believes IPv6 has finally taken off because "More operators in more countries are deploying IPv6 and increasing the size of their subscriber base that uses the technology. In particular Europe, which ran out IPv4 addresses in 2012, there have been "substantial deployments in Switzerland, Belgium, Romania, Germany, and France, for example. The IPv6 traffic from Belgium alone has almost doubled in the last month."

In Akamai's, a high-performance Web and analytics company, latest State of the Internet Report, for the third quarter of 2013, the company found that IPv4 "exhaustion has, in part, driven growth in the adoption of IPv6, though arguably not quite as fast as necessary."

Europe, the US, and Japan, according to Akamai's numbers, are leading the way in IPv6 adoption.

Curiously, Akamai, also found that while the Asia-Pacific region was the first to run out of IPv4 addresses in 2011, only Japan is in their listing of top ten countries that have switched to IPv6. The rest, with the exception of the United States, which ranks 5th in IPv6 adoption, are all from Europe.

While Akamai isn't bullish on IPv6 adoption coming fast enough, the Internet Society is far more optimistic. Even before Google's latest IPv6 results, Leslie Daigle, the Internet Society's IPv6 chief technology officer predicted:

That first prediction, 10 percent of major global traffic on IPv6 is gutsy, but Daigle believes the data supports her conclusion. If you haven't started planning on IPv6 yet, it's high-time you did.

After all, even in the United States, the current prediction is that we'll run out of IPv4 addresses in little more than a year, March 20, 2015 (

The Internet address alarm clock is ticking, will you be ready when the alarm goes off?

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  • Sigh

    This isn't that big of a deal. For being something in the works since the late '90s, IPv6 hasn't caught on well.
  • Someone may be dragging their feet...

    Some security heavy-hitters have chimed in on the possibility that moving to IPv6 has been purposefully 'delayed', due to its inherent greater (yes, greater) security.

    I'm just the messenger, so take up your arguments with either of the two guys referenced in this article:
  • The next-generation Internet protocol IPv6 gets real

    Not soon enough. Just need to get the ISPs on board to implement it in all areas. More IP addresses with IPv6 could mean more static IP's for cheap or free with your service? Maybe?
    • Not soon enough........

      Wow!! No inane critical comment for SJVN? Cheerio chap, here here!
      • There There

        There is no such expression as "here here". You CAN say "there there" to comfort an injured child. I assume you mean "Hear! Hear!" to signify agreement to what you are hearing from a speaker. The homophonic error "here here" is very common and very distressing (to an old curmudgeon like me).
        Bob G Beechey
  • If the US and Japan are among the leaders

    it must make financial sense to make the move. Moving is expensive and a royal pain, so as long as IPV4 is valid, people will resist . . . .
  • ZDNet needs to support IPv6

    $ dig AAAA +short

    The same Google source says that more than 6% of U.S. hits are over IPv6. There's a chart at ISOC that averages Google, Facebook, Yahoo! and Akamai data and shows that AT&T, Comcast, Verizon Wireless, and (much lower) Time Warner Cable all have significant deployments of IPv6 customers.
  • Incompatibility is the big problem

    With IPv6, the way you use telnet/rcp/ftp/ssh/scp/sftp, access web url are all different than when you use them with IPv4, it's not just an replace IPv4 address with a IPv6 address.
    This usage incompatibility is the big barrier that caused the slow adoption of IPv6.
    • Incompatibility?

      What are you talking about?
      The only time there's a difference is if you're actually typing the address. Try using DNS.