Virtual server hosting users may have noticed the recent trend towards a new internet address protocol called the IPv6 standard. IPv6 is a new way of assigning equipment IP addresses that can access the internet.
The new standard is necessary, as all of the IPv4 addresses have been distributed to regional centers, and will soon be given out to service providers and end-users. As a result, the new protocol is needed so new devices can access the internet.
The problem is that IPv4 and IPv6 are not compatible. This has led to a movement to upgrade networking equipment and other data center hardware to handle the new protocol without leaving IPv4 users behind.
Recently, cPanel, a leading virtual server control panel developer, announced it will be using a dual-stack system to equip its software for the transition. This means cPanel users will be able to use either IPv4 or IPv6 as long as their service provider's hardware is capable of handling both IP address systems.
According to cPanel, the transition to IPv6 is quite similar to the Y2K issue the industry faced at the turn of the new millennium. However, the IPv6 switch could actually prove more challenging because it requires software and hardware updates.