Internet Protocol version 4, or IPv4, has been the de facto IP address-numbering scheme since its introduction in 1981. It served its purpose through its first two decades or so of use, but its lifespan is shortening as more and more devices are being connected to the Internet. There are a limited number of IPv4 addresses in the global pool, and an exponentially growing number of devices that all need their own addresses.
Enter IPv6. IPv6 offers a nearly infinite number of addresses, and adoption has grown significantly since World IPv6 Launch began in 2012. At Telx, we’re helping push the IPv6 standard with offerings like no-cost IPv6 service for Dedicated Internet Access customers. Even so, many users are still in the dark as to what the worldwide launch of IPv6 means for the future of the Internet.
In their recent infographic, Irish Telecom seeks to explain some of the differences between IPv4 and IPv6 and answer that ever-important question about what IPv6 means for the Internet’s future. For example, did you know that IPv6 allows for 340 trillion, trillion, trillion Internet addresses? This informative infographic covers the basics and more.
If you still don’t have a firm grasp on the world of Internet Protocols and the growing need for addresses around the world, take a look at the full infographic below to learn more about IPv4 vs. IPv6, and why IPv6 is the protocol of the future: