IPv6 will eventually replace the IPv4 addresses currently used on the Internet. The system allows for many new addresses to be created. A deficit of new addresses has become a critical problem; the last of the available IPv4 addresses were allocated in February of 2011. According to a press release by California web host Host Virtual, adoption of their IPv6 addressing service has increased by a huge amount.
The company reports a total increase in the adoption of IPv6 addressing of 473%. Much of this adoption has been done, according to the company, because companies want to deploy their sites with these addresses and make sure that the functionality is all there before it becomes mandatory. The company offers 7 cloud hosting locations to clients, in the US and around the world. It also allows companies to easily migrate into cloud hosting, which is increasingly becoming the preferred type of hosting among business users.
Host Virtual has made part of its strategy for marketing their service an easy transition to cloud hosting. The IPv6 service are also designed to be easy to use, allowing users to instantly access their appliances and to start putting their hosting to work for them.
As web hosts move toward this new type of addressing, it will become possible for even more devices to be Internet enabled. The IPv6 addressing scheme will be enough to accommodate the huge number of mobile devices predicted to take to the Internet in the coming years and to accommodate the large number of new websites that will no doubt be going online, as well. This strategy is designed to keep the Internet growing at a steady rate and, in many ways, to increase the rate of growth even more.
The number of addresses that IPv6 can accommodate is mind-boggling. With 128-bit addresses, this system can accommodate 340 undecillion addresses. This will ensure that, at least for the foreseeable future, there will be plenty of space for every site and every device that needs a place on the Internet to call home. There are also new features in this addressing scheme that make it much easier for network engineers to allocate addresses and that, despite the increasing complexity of the Internet and the technology that drives it, will allow that technology to be increasingly convenient for web hosts who make their livings selling servers to the public and to businesses.