On Monday, ICANN, the organisation that maintains the Internet's addressing systems, said it had for the first time added IPv6 addresses to the appropriate files and databases on six of the world's 13 root server networks. Before it did this, those who were using IPv6 had no choice but to run it alongside IPv4, because the root server networks were IPv4-only.
"IPv6 will be an essential part [of] our future, and support in the root servers is essential to the growth, stability and reliability of the public Internet," said the chair of ICANN's Internet service and connectivity provider constituency, Tony Holmes. "The ISP community welcomes this development as part of the continuing evolution of the public Internet."
Almost all IP addresses currently use the fourth version of the protocol (IPv4), but the length of those addresses limits their number of permutations to around four billion. As more people become connected to the Internet and as more devices are manufactured that can themselves intelligently connect to the Internet, that number is rapidly becoming insufficient.
Source:? ZDNet News
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