If any part of your business relies on the Internet, you need to prepare for the rise of IPv6 network traffic.
An Internet protocol address is what networks, computers, and other connected devices use to communicate over the Internet. For example, when you type in a web address, the network is actually talking to other networks using a unique, numerical IP address—turning rackspace.com into the unique IP address, 188.8.131.52.
Today, IPv4 is the dominant protocol in use, representing approximately 99% of all Internet traffic. IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) is responsible for the global coordination of IP addressing space. February 1, 2011 marked the official depletion of IANA’s pool of free IPv4 addresses.
Its depletion leaves the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), from whom Rackspace receives IP addresses, with a finite number of pre-allocated blocks that many predict will run out soon.
IPv4's replacement, IPv6, represents a new addressing family of around 340 undecillion addresses (enough to assign eight billion IP addresses to each atom in the bodies of the entire population of the world).
IPv6 adoption represents an industry-wide challenge to upgrade systems to IPv6 compatibility.
Rackspace continues preparing for IPv6 and wants to make sure you have the information you need to develop an IPv6 action plan.
Rackspace has been putting measures in place to provide guidance and ease the transition for our customers. We've done things like:
The challenge is that IPv6 addresses aren’t compatible with IPv4 addresses. So if you don’t take the necessary steps to upgrade, you won't be able to:
Begin evaluating your Internet-dependent assets and formulating your own IPv6-readiness plan. Here are three ways to start:
After you do this, you can start building a list of required actions and scheduling time for the tasks you’ll need to perform to get IPv6-ready.
If you have IPv6-related questions and you're a Rackspace customer, contact your Account Manager or Support Team.