IPv6 or Internet Protocol version 6 is the newest revision
of the Internet Protocol, which provides the ability for computers on networks
to have addresses identifying their location.
IPv6 is the successor to IPv4 which currently enjoys
widespread use. As IPv4’s 32-bit address space only allows for approximately
4.3 billing addresses and with more people now having access to more connected
devices, the demand for address space is ever increasing. IPv6 solves this
problem by using 128-bit address space, increasing the total amount of
available IPs to 2128 addresses or 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456
(340 undecillion) total addresses.
While a typical IPv4 address would look like this (4 groups
of 8-bit decimal numbers):
A typical IPv6 address would look like this (eight groups of
16-bit hexadecimal numbers):
Most modern operating systems already have IPv6 support
enabled. Networks around the world are still working to upgrade their systems
to provide access to this new network and it will likely not be many years
before there is wide-spread adoption.
We at myhosting.com are working right now to implement and
go live with IPv6 addresses for all our VPS customers so you can be on the cutting-edge
as more and more people receive IPv6 connectivity at work and at home.