World IPv6 Day is upon us

World IPv6 Day may not make one’s knees quiver with anticipation, and we can’t say we’ve been ticking off the days in the calendar with a red marker.

With IPv4 addresses swiftly running out it is becoming increasing vital that companies make the transition to the new IP format, and there is no shortage of companies highlighting the terrifying consequences of not listening to the doom-laden soothsaying.

IPV6 has been available since 1999 leaving some critics wondering why the transition has dragged its heels. Now there’s some PR-funded general hysteria about a net apocalypse, over what is basically as chock full of suspense as switching phone codes.

Nevertheless, the likes of Facebook, Yahoo and Google are among the big names trying out IPV6 in the 24 hour trial today.

It’s hoped the trial will enable a swift transition from IPv4, with companies such as Cisco looking to iron out any problems that crop up as the old addresses slowly push up the daisies.

With addresses expected to run out by the end of this year, IPv6 hysteria is reaching fever pitch.

IP intelligence expert Jeff Burdette at Digital Element believes that businesses are at risk and must “move quickly” or risk losing access to a large segment of customers, with mobile internet devices having business benefits with IPv6.

Of course TechEye was told smaller businesses may keep calm and carry on. Large organistations are more likely to take focus, giving us enough courage to peer out from our reinforced IPv4 apocalypse bunker. 

Cisco also ramped up the tension with more info from its Visual Network Index report, showing just how rapidly new devices will begin to connect to the internet by 2015. There will be an average of two devices per person across the world and seven per person in the developed world. Estimates differ but are usually around a similar mark.

“Moving to a new version will not be easy, but it is essential to the continued growth of the internet we have come to depend upon,” said Cisco CTO Ian Foddering.