What do IPv6 Day and Y2K have in common? I’ll break it down for you real simple: a lot of stuff happened, but most of us never noticed. Now, let me explain in detail…
Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPV6) is the newest technology that has everyone stirring for solutions to problems that hadn’t yet been fully realized. Not until IPv6 day, that is. As digital consumers, we need our information to be retrieved faster than ever, and all connectivity is expected to be warp speed. The current IPv4 exhaustion crisis is eerily similar to Y2K in that the eventual outcome was expected to go two different ways: either nothing will happen or complete Armageddon will ensue. But there’s also a fundamental difference: we’re not nearly as worked up about IPv4 exhaustion as we were about Y2K ahead of the fact.
Each IPV4-to-IPV6 and IPV6-to-IPV4 conversion adds an extra “hop” and requires a large amount of computing power to process information about who you are trying to talk to, and who you are known by on the other end. The coexistence of both protocols seems to be consistent with a family traveling on vacation; precious vacation time is wasted by the family (IPv4) driving to the airport, then transferring to a plane (IPv6), in an overall attempt to save time in the air. In the fastest scenario possible, you wouldn’t want to use two means of transportation, instead opting to use your private plane in the back yard (IPv6).
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