When I think about it, I truly wonder how the music industry would have been if it wasn’t for the Internet. Our whole music model today relies on sharing and social interaction. The electronic music scene would have been totally different if the Internet didn’t exist. I wouldn’t be writing these lines too!
Over the years, the Internet changed and evolved technologically. It grew from a lab environment to a more national one to a worldwide one. Don’t you remember what the WWW of most websites mean? World Wide Web anyone?
With the Internet being more easy to use and more wide spread and open to everyone, its basic IPv4 addressing was getting more and more challenged until its depletion. Its successor IPv6 was the answer with bigger addresses. You might not know it, but this protocol has been under study and testing since 10 years now! You do understand now why we’re excited it’s out there now. It’s just has been under massive test and redefinition forever :) With this protocol, we’re guaranteed to address every piece of device on the planet, enough to last for a big while.
Today marks a big day for the Internet, and I couldn’t miss a chance to talk about since it’s my day job to make it available for lucky customers and clients on my ISP network. Today the Internet IPv6 table is quite small compared to IPv4. Some 400.000 IPv4 routes today compared to 9300 IPv6 ones. Hopefully in few months and years we’ll see the growth of the IPv6 table and a progressive decrease in the IPv4 one. The dual usage will take some time, another 10 years some experts say, but the first step is done, we’re there now.
Most of the major websites on the planet can now be reached with IPv6. If your ISP enabled IPv6 for you and you didn’t notice anything in your browsing habits, it’s quite normal, it means your ISP did a great job (kudos to them). You can check your IP settings and see if you have something that resembles to that: “2a00:1450:4007:801::1012” one of Google’s unicast addresses. Know that if you have IPv6 enabled, your browser will prefer reaching a website through the IPv6 stack instead of the IPv4 one. Most DNS now respond to AAAA and A queries, respectively IPv6 ones and IPv4’s.
If you have any questions, just comment to this post or send me your question by twitter or email.
Welcome to the Future!