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IPv6 Adoption Grows by 1,900%, Says Internet Census

While it may appear that the Internet is evolving at a snail's pace, an IPv6 Census conducted by the Measurement Factory claims otherwise. In fact, it seems that Go Daddy is the sole registrar behind a 1,900-percent surge in support for IPv6 in zones under .com, .net and .org over the last 12 months. Go Daddy is an Internet domain registrar and Web hosting company that also sells e-business related software and services.

"Go Daddy’s adoption of IPv6 illustrates how a single large registrar can have substantial influence on global IPv6 adoption," census sponsor Infoblox said in a press release.

IPv6 is the successor of IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4), the latter of which allows only 32 bits for an IP address, thus is limited to just 4,294,967,296 possible addresses. The rapid growth rate of the expanding Internet has exhausted IPv4's supply and is now pushing for the use of IPv6 which uses 128-bit addresses, allowing for a theoretical 340 undecillion Internet addresses. In other words, we may reach a dead end on the Internet if everyone doesn't jump on board the IPv6 bandwagon.

"If your external presence only supports IPv4, then the only devices that can communicate with you will be those with IPv4 addresses," says Cricket Liu, General Manager of the Infoblox IPv6 Center of Excellence. "To the growing population of pure IPv6 devices, you’re invisible. We can’t ignore the emerging competitive advantages of IPv6, but we also don’t need to adopt IPv6 in one great, costly leap. Focus first on providing IPv6 to the outside world and then work inward in stages. Do this and IPv6 deployment will be relatively painless and prove to be a valuable long-term investment for business growth."

According to the census, the percentage of zones under .com, .net and .org that support IPv6 jumped from 1.27-percent in 2010 to 25.4-percent in 2011. Besides Go Daddy's huge contribution, the percentage of zones that support IPv6 increased "organically" more than two-fold over the previous year to over 3-percent. The census also reports that the three countries in IPv6 adoption are France, the U.S. and the Czech Republic.

"A significant percentage of businesses run on the registrars’ networks, relying on the registrars’ systems for email and a web presence, which don’t predominantly support IPv6 yet," Infoblox reports. "If the registrars added IPv6 support for email and web servers, a significant impediment to those businesses’ enabling IPv6 would be removed and adoption gains could jump. If a registrar isn’t supporting IPv6, it creates a serious obstacle to any business wanting to implement IPv6 for its external content."

To learn more about IPv6 enablement, myths and best practices, the Infoblox IPv6 Center of Excellence offers video tutorials, free trial software, white papers and transition tools. Infoblox also will be hosting a "Best Practices for IPv6" webinar for enterprise IT professionals on Dec. 1, 2011.