Mark your calendars: June 12th, 2012 is the launch date of the new IPv6. To help with the internet’s explosive growth and tiny amount of IP addresses left to keep it functioning, the Internet Society will permanently switch IPv6 on to add millions if not billions of additional IP addresses. From day one, several tech manufacturers, web services, and internet providers will start switching to the new protocol. Launch partners include IPv6: Google, Facebook, Microsoft Bing, and Yahoo. From a hardware perspective of the situation, Cisco and D-Link are both committed to enabling IPv6 across their range of home products by June, as well.
Even if you don’t think this affects you directly, this is actually very good news for the future of the Internet as a whole. Keep in mind that fewer IP address conflicts means a happier and faster Internet. Via: Internet Society