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IPv6 Support is included for free with the following GigeNET Cloud virtual machine templates:
You can obtain additional IPv6 IP’s for your virtual machine by submitting a request to our support department.
IPv6 is the sixth revision to the Internet Protocol and the successor to IPv4. It functions similarly to IPv4 in that it provides the unique, numerical IP addresses necessary for Internet-enabled devices to communicate. However, it does sport one major difference: it utilizes 128-bit addresses.
The key difference between IPv4 and IPv6 is that IPv6 has significantly more address space. While the addresses look different, users should not be aware of any difference. A typical IPv6 address has 8 groups of four letters and numbers separated by colons so it looks like this: 2001:db8:1f70:999:de8:7648:6e8
The expanded addressing capacity of IPv6 will enable the trillions of new Internet addresses needed to support connectivity for a huge range of smart devices such as phones, household appliances and vehicles. IPv6 also brings the enhanced quality of service that is required for several new applications such as IP telephony, video/audio, interactive games or e-commerce.
The Internet, in its current form, has used up all its IPv4 addresses. According to the Number Resource Organization, the world officially ran out of IPv4 address in February 2011. All that can be done now is to divide the allocated properties into ever-smaller portions or trade whatâ€™s already been assigned â€“ moves that could complicate and compromise your privacy.
For the next few months it wonâ€™t have a major impact on your life. Most operating systems actually support IPv6, including Mac OS X 10.2 and Windows XP SP 1. However, many routers and servers donâ€™t support it, making a connection between a device with an IPv6 address to a router or server that only supports IPv4 impossible.
If the switch to IPv6 is not made by the industry, it could also mean things like:
Here at GigeNET Cloud we believe it is important to contribute to the continued deployment of IPv6. Offering IPv6 for free is our way of helping you get your website or application ready for IPv6.