The Asia-Pacific region is rapidly adopting the new IPv6 protocol, which will eventually supersede version 4 that currently directs Internet Traffic around the world.
The above dovetails with their leadership in mobile technologies, which along with cloud-computing, are considered the hottest, most powerful technologies currently playing out in Internet arena.
The reason that IPv6 is so important is because it increases the number of addresses allowed in the Internet spectrum by about 4.3 billion to 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 addresses. Yes that many!
And, it’s needed because version 4 is basically at full capacity.
This will allow web-hosting companies like Virtual Internet to gain the full benefits of assigning resources to customers on their IaaS cloud platforms, colocated and dedicated servers.
It will also support the growth of small businesses and enterprises in the United States and Europe as they compete against their rivals in Asia, including Korea, China and Japan.
The transition is essentially an upgrade of the entire Internet. Virtual Internet along with tech giants like Microsoft, are coming together to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services by June 2012.
“IPv6 is critical to the Internet’s continued growth as a platform for innovation and economic development,” said the World IPv6 Launch Committee, tasked with overseeing the project.
Comcast, Google, Facebook Akamai, D-Link, and Virtual Internet are all working together to achieve this objective.
Microsoft is one player actively engaged in supporting this new standard. IPv6 support is now built into Microsoft Windows, including Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It is also looking beyond these core applications into the mobile arena.
“Due to the rapid expansion of the Internet, IPv4 addresses have become relatively scarce, forcing some organizations to use a network address translator (NAT) to map multiple private addresses to a single public IP address. IPv6 provides more IP addresses for global connectivity,” said Microsoft.
Microsoft is also addressing the IPv6 challenge in Exchange Server 2010.
“IPv6 is supported only when IPv4 is also used; a pure IPv6 environment isn’t supported. Using IPv6 addresses and IP address ranges is supported only when both IPv6 and IPv4 are enabled on the computer running Exchange 2010, and the network supports both IP address versions,” said Microsoft.
“If Exchange 2010 is deployed in this configuration, all server roles can send data to and receive data from devices, servers, and clients that use IPv6 addresses.”
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