The data center industry is constantly evolving. Of the many technologies and trends influencing the way we think about data centers, however, few are more important to the future of the Internet than IPv6.
As we mentioned in a blog post about IPv4 last year, IPv4 is already pushing its limits. There is a limited number of addresses in the global pool—about 4.3 billion—and that’s simply not enough space for the growing number of devices and Internet users. While you’d think that this limit would mean that everyone is quickly hopping on board and adopting IPv6, to date, that hasn’t been the case.
Google collects stats about IPv6 adoption by measuring the availability of IPv6 connectivity among Google users. As of January 31, 2015, the global adoption percentage is hovering right around 6%. IPv6 adoption in the United States currently measures about 14%, and for a bit of global perspective, IPv6 adoption in China is just above 2%. Though global IPv6 traffic has grown more than 500% since World IPv6 launch began in 2012, there’s clearly still a ways to go.
Right now, one of the biggest reasons more places aren’t adopting IPv6 is cost. Paired with some of the current technical issues with IPv6 including reliability, latency, and resources needed to convert, many organizations don’t yet see enough reason to fully convert over to this new system. However, as IPv4 gets more and more scarce, we can expect rates to increase per IP address, and can likely also expect many of the technical issues with IPv6 to be sorted out. This will put businesses in a place where they can either pay exorbitant prices for IPv4, or ultimately adopt IPv6 as the new standard.
Preparing your business for future networking needs, then, means adopting the IPv6 standard—and choosing a colocation partner that supports IPv6. Telx currently offers IPv6 at no cost to our customers as part of our Dedicated Internet Access service, and we offer IPv4 at minimal cost, as well. Many providers, including Telx, allow you to run IPv4 and IPv6 concurrently in a dual stack configuration while the world continues its transition to IPv6. Recognizing that IPv6 truly is the future, we’ve intentionally positioned ourselves so that our customers can adopt IPv6 before it’s too late.
There’s a reason that IPv6 recently made a TechRepublic list of five innovations that are key to the future of data centers. IPv6 offers benefits like improved security and new services support, and, more generally, better positions the Internet for its growth trajectory, which will likely only increase as we head into the future. Don’t get left behind. If you want to embrace the future, it’s time to get on board with IPv6.