Deploy360 6 June 2015

Celebrating The 3rd “Launchiversary” Of World IPv6 Launch

By Dan YorkDirector, Internet Technology

World IPv6 Launch logoThree years ago today, on June 6, 2012, the Internet fundamentally changed as IPv6 became “the new normal” for thousands of websites, hundreds of Internet service providers, many device manufacturers and in so many other systems and services.  This was all part of “World IPv6 Launch” where all those participants came together to permanently enable IPv6 for their networks, websites and devices.

Every since that time, we’ve continued to chronicle the ongoing growth of IPv6 both here on the Deploy360 blog and also on the World IPv6 Launch blog.  The ongoing World IPv6 Launch measurements continue to show the momentum happening on networks all around the world. Here’s that fantastic chart we saw last month from Verizon Wireless’ network coming in over 70% IPv6:

Verizon Wireless IPv6 measurements

The momentum keeps on building and building…  we see it in all the different IPv6 statistics sites.  Look at this chart from Google’s IPv6 stats:

Google IPv6 statsGrowing from under 1% in June 2012 to now right around 7% just three years later!

The growth in IPv6 deployment IS happening.   The supply of IPv4 addresses IS running out (see ARIN’s note that they will officially be all out shortly for North America). Companies ARE having to pay higher prices to obtain existing IPv4 addresses.

It’s happening. NOW.

If you haven’t joined with the thousands of other companies that turned on IPv6 three years ago today, NOW IS THE TIME TO BEGIN! Please visit our Start Here page to find resources focused on your role or type of organization.

Congratulations to all the companies and organizations that made the move 3 years ago and in the time since. We look forward to celebrating more “Launchiversaries”… until that time when it won’t matter any more because IPv4 will no longer be the default.

It’s time to make the move to IPv6! Please do it today!

P.S. And after you do, if you are a network operator, why not sign up with the World IPv6 Launch measurements project and we’ll start measuring the IPv6 traffic from your networks, too!

Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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